Former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad has voiced criticism against the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for implementing a reserve day exclusively for the India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup 2023.
Taking to Twitter (X), Venkatesh Prasad expressed his concerns, stating that it is unjust not to provide a reserve day for the other two teams participating in the event when rain affects their matches.
He emphasized that if reports of a reserve day allocated for the India-Pakistan match on September 10 accurate, it highlights a lack of fairness in the administration’s decision-making. Having different rules for two teams within the same tournament has deemed an injustice.
This critique comes after Bangladesh’s head coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe, also questioned the ACC’s decision, describing it as perplexing. He argued that reserve days should have allocated for the matches involving Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.
While expressing surprise at the ACC’s decision, Hathurusinghe acknowledged that as non-organizers, they do not have a say in the matter.
It’s worth noting that the Asia Cup 2023 first group match between Pakistan and India has washed out due to rain, resulting in both teams awarded one point each. This decision incurred substantial losses for broadcasters and disappointed fans.
The ACC opted for a reserve day following pressure from the event’s hosts, Pakistan, who were concerned about completing the match due to persistent rain in Colombo.