‘The best teams might not qualify’ - Kallicharran on World Cup washouts

West Indies great Alvin Kallicharran says that continuous rain can impact the approach of the teams in Cricket World Cup 2019.

West Indies great Alvin Kallicharran saw hope in the current Windies side that beat Pakistan in its World Cup opener.   -  FILE PHOTO/M. VEDHAN

 

“After these washouts, we could see a hectic scramble for points in the remaining games. Sadly, the best teams might not qualify,” said West Indian great Alvin Kallicharran.

Speaking to Sportstar on Thursday, Kallicharran, who has vast experience in the English county cricket, said, “Teams will be under pressure because they don’t know how many games are going to be washed out in this World Cup. This could impact their approach.”

Till now, three matches have been washed out while just over seven overs were bowled in the West Indies - South Africa game.

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Kallicharran said, “The organisers might not have expected this kind of weather but I know it can rain in any part of the year there. Since the format of this edition is long, it’s difficult to have the reserve day. In the older format, we could have found time.”

It is easier to travel across venues in England by road or train for the cricketers. The distances are not long, but it can be hard to move the television equipment at a short notice if there’s a change in scheduling.

Having the entire ground covered could have helped but it would have been an expensive proposition for the counties, felt Kallicharran.

The nimble-footed Kallli had played on challenging uncovered pitches in England till the mid-70s but cricket has changed since.

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Kallicharran saw ‘hope’ in this West Indian team but said it needed to be lucky with the weather. India, he said, was at the “top of its game.”