- Anticipation for the World Cup is high, but déjà vu struck with rain playing spoilsport in warm-up matches
- Cricket fans are growing anxious, fearing that rain might disrupt the World Cup as it did in the past
- Cricket lovers worldwide are hoping for a rain-free World Cup with uninterrupted matches
The excitement was at its peak during the Asia Cup when India decided not to play in Pakistan due to security concerns, possibly influenced by government pressure. As a result, matches scheduled for Pakistan were relocated to friendlier venues, and the India-Pakistan clash occurred in Sri Lanka.
However, the Asia Cup experience was spoiled by the relentless monsoon rains, causing delays and cancellations in nearly every match. The dreaded DLS method became a frequent visitor, and cricket fans endured a less-than-ideal tournament due to the BCCI’s refusal to play in Pakistan.
As we eagerly looked forward to the highly anticipated World Cup, a sense of déjà vu began to settle in. Recent warm-up matches witnessed rain delays and even abandonments. The clash between Pakistan and New Zealand in Hyderabad was delayed. As well as the Afghanistan vs. South Africa warm-up match in Thiruvananthapuram suffered abandonment.
A sigh of disappointment echoed when the rain washed out the India vs. England match in Guwahati. Adding to the frustration, the Australia vs. Netherlands match in Thiruvananthapuram was also abandoned due to relentless rain.
Cricket enthusiasts are growing increasingly agitated as they fear a repeat of matches being spoiled by rain during the World Cup. The question on everyone’s mind is who should bear the responsibility for not securing suitable venues for this highly anticipated event. Fans are fervently hoping that this World Cup doesn’t turn into yet another series of cricket games disrupted by unpredictable weather.
It’s a race against time and weather, and fans are holding their breath, hoping that the World Cup is spared from the downpours that have plagued warm-up matches. The excitement is still alive, but there’s an underlying concern that the rain might once again steal the show.