ICC World Cup | Start game at 11:30 a.m. to eliminate dew factor, calls on R Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin highlighted the role of dew in cricket matches in Asian conditions and suggested changing day/night match schedules to address the issue. The veteran spoke about the issue in the context of the ongoing ODI series in India and how teams are preparing for the World Cup.

The ICC The ODI World Cup is set to return to Asia after a 12-year hiatus, with the showpiece tournament set to be held in India later this year. The last time the country hosted the event, they emerged triumphant in 2011 and once again looked like serious contenders for the upcoming edition. However, in such tournaments a lot can often be down to luck, as the final in 2019 by England and New Zealand showed best. So, in a bid to ensure that the most deserving team triumphs, the Indian veteran Ravichandran Ashwin appealed to the world authority International Cricket Council to change game times to deal with the due factor.

Ashwin’s comments came after India’s 67-point triumph over Sri Lanka in the first ODI of a three-game series in Guwahati. After the Men in Blue put on a clinical batting display at post 373, their efficiency with the ball dropped the Lions to 206/8 with 12 overs to go. However, as the match unfolded the temperatures continued to drop in the Day/Night affair thus increasing the dew and as a result the hosts emerged victorious by just 67 runs thanks to a skipper’s century of the opposition Dasun. Shanaka.

“India struck beautifully from a slow wicket and posted a score well above par. Yet they ended up having to fight tooth and nail [to win]. The difference in quality between the teams is not felt – the dew reduces that gap if you lose the draw,” Ashwin said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Ashwin said ODIs should be brought forward by two hours to reduce the impact of dew on matches while stressing how the aura of the World Cup would ensure people tuned in regardless of the time.

“My suggestion – or rather my opinion – for the World Cup is to look at what venues we play and at what times. Why shouldn’t we start games at 11:30 during the World Cup? People will bring up the viewers. and broadcasters, and say people won’t latch on and watch at that time, but wouldn’t they latch on to the World Cup games?” He asked. “The recent T20 World Cup was also held in winter, with a preference for summer [for Australia’s home bilateral season]. It wasn’t the ideal scenario – T20 is a fast game, how can you play it in the winter? People will say that’s not the case in Australia, but we still have to prioritize the World Cups,” explained Ashwin.

“The ICC know very well that there will be dew, so let’s bring the game forward, and if we start at 11:30 a.m., the dew factor will not come into play, and why not? Not all cricket fans will give not the priority in the world Cut and watch the games at 11:30? he added.

The debate had already arisen at the end of the World T20 2021 also in the United Arab Emirates where the draw had apparently decided matters without even a ball being thrown on numerous occasions. Ashwin revealed that teams were wary of such tactics, increasing the importance of sweeping changes.

“The ECB recently launched a call for analysts and – I learned this from some analysts I know – one of the important questions they asked was: ‘What is dew important in Indian white ball cricket conditions?” They are looking to bring the best possible analysis tools ahead of the 2023 World Cup, and they have asked all the relevant questions, so you can see how much everyone in world cricket thinks the dew factor is in Indian conditions.”

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