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Why There is No Reserve day for 2nd Semi-Final in T20 World Cup 2024?

By Rohit - May 15, 2024 - Last updated on May 15, 2024 11:13 AM
Why There is No Reserve day for 2nd Semi-Final in T20 World Cup 2024?

Playing Conditions for T20 World Cup 2024 No reserve day for 2nd semi-final match

The cricket extravaganza continues! With the Indian Premier League reaching its climax, fans barely have time to catch their breath before the T20 World Cup kicks off in the USA and West Indies. This historic co-hosting marks a first for American soil, promising a thrilling spectacle. However, amidst the anticipation, a unique scheduling twist has emerged: there's no reserve day for the second semi-final.

Traditionally, both semi-finals in major tournaments come equipped with a reserve day to safeguard against rain delays. This year, however, the T20 World Cup breaks the mold. The first semi-final, scheduled for June 26th, enjoys the comfort of a reserve day on June 27th. But the second semi-final, slated for June 27th, ditches the reserve day altogether. Instead, organizers have opted for a different approach: a significantly extended match duration with an additional 250 minutes allocated to the game itself.

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Why is there no reserve day for the 2nd Semi-Final in the T20 World Cup 2024?

Reserve Day for One, Not Both: Traditionally, both semi-finals in major tournaments have a reserve day in case of rain delays. This year, only the first semi-final (June 26th) gets that safety net.

Second Semi-Final: The second semi-final (June 27th) starts earlier at 10:30 AM and ditches the reserve day. Instead, organizers have allocated a whopping 250 extra minutes to the match itself.

Why the change? The key reason is player fatigue. By avoiding a reserve day on the 28th, the winner of the second semi-final gets a full day of rest before the final on June 29th. This ensures no team has to play back-to-back matches, potentially impacting performance.

This decision has sparked curiosity and debate. The answer lies in player well-being and fairness in the competition. By eliminating a reserve day on June 28th, the winning team from the second semi-final gets a full day of rest before the final on June 29th. This ensures both finalists have ample time for recovery and strategic planning, preventing a scenario where one team suffers a disadvantage due to back-to-back high-pressure matches.

T20 World Cup 2024 some major updates regarding reserve day

  • Reserve day for the 1st Semi-Final only (June 27th)
  • No reserve day for the 2nd Semi-Final (June 27th)
  • 250 extra minutes allocated to the 2nd Semi-Final for rain delays
  • Team finishing higher in the Super 8 stage advances to the final if the 2nd Semi-Final is washed out

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