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ICC scrambles as inclement weather hits the T20 World Cup 2024 Warm-ups

ICC scrambles as inclement weather hits the T20 World Cup 2024 Warm-ups

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have a tough job on their hands - managing venues across the Atlantic as rain threat hits large

The stage is set for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, but even before the main event kicks off, rain is throwing a wrench into the crucial warm-up matches. The recent cancellation of the Bangladesh vs USA match in Dallas, Texas due to flash floods serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable weather that could disrupt preparations for the tournament.

A drenched T20 World Cup warm-ups ahead?

The Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, slated to host the tournament opener between USA and Canada on June 1st, is scheduled for two more warm-up matches – USA vs Nepal and Canada vs Netherlands. However, with the recent weather disruptions, there are concerns about the ground’s playability and the possibility of further cancellations.

Adding to the worries, rain threats loom over several other venues hosting warm-up matches. This includes two venues (both in Trinidad) in the Caribbean – a region known for unpredictable showers during this time of year. The ICC and the participating teams will be hoping for a change in fortune.

Here’s a closer look at how rain and bad weather can impact the T20 World Cup warm-ups:

Loss of Crucial Practice Time: Warm-up matches are vital for teams to test their strategies, combinations, and player form in match conditions. Washed-out games deprive them of this invaluable opportunity, putting them at a disadvantage come tournament time.

Uneven Preparation: Rainouts can lead to some teams getting more practice matches than others. This creates an uneven playing field, where some sides might be better prepared than their opponents.

Physical damage: Infrastructural damage, just as we saw the other day in Dallas, could also hamper a venue that will host the biggest T20 carnival.

T20 World Cup 2024 Warm-ups: Challenging times ahead!

GroundDateMatchesRain Chances
Dallas30 MayUSA vs Nepal80% (Thundershowers)
31 MayCanada vs Netherlands60% (Thundershowers)
Tarouba, Trinidad30 MayScotland vs Uganda60% (Showers)
31 MayNamibia vs PNG10% (Partly Cloudy)
Lauderhill31 MayIreland vs Sri Lanka5% (Mostly Sunny)
Port of Spain, Trinidad29 MayAfghanistan vs Oman50% (Scattered showers)
May 31West Indies vs Australia20% (Partly Cloudy)
May 31Afghanistan vs Scotland60% (Scattered showers)
New YorkJune 1INDIA vs Bangladesh0% (Sunny)
T20 WC warm-up venues and chances of rain affecting them (data as per weather.com)
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