Asia Cup 2023: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh head coaches not happy with reserve day for IND vs PAK clash
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play in the Asia Cup Super Four game on September 9 at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium.
Sri Lanka hasn't played yet in this round, but Bangladesh has already lost to Pakistan and needs to win this game to stay in the round. But before the game, the'reserve day' controversy has taken the competition by storm.
On Friday, the Asian Cricket Council agreed to add only a reserve day to the much-anticipated match between India and Pakistan. If it rains on Sunday, the match will happen or be finished on Monday, September 11.
But Sri Lanka and Bangladesh aren't happy that the extra day was only added to the match between India and Pakistan (IND vs. PAK) when rain is expected for all of the Super Four matches and the final.
Bangladesh's head coach, Chandika Hathurusingha, said that the choice was not the best and that even Bangladesh would have liked to have a backup day for their games. He also said that they were not even asked for their opinion before the competition rules were changed.
"In the Asia Cup, there is a technical council that is made up of one person from each of the six countries that are taking part. They could have made the decision for another reason.
It's not the best, and we would have liked an extra day, too. But I don't have anything else to say about it because they've already decided, and if they had asked us first, we would have given them our opinion," he said at a press meeting before the game against Bangladesh.
Chris Silverwood, who is in charge of Sri Lanka's team, said that he was surprised that the backup player was only added for one Super Four match. "Yeah! Look, I was a little taken aback when I first heard it.
But since we don't run the game, there's not much we can do, right? "To be honest, I don't think it will be a problem unless it helps the other team and hurts us," he said.