With just one day to go for the much-awaited India vs Pakistan clash on June 16, 2019 at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, Indian fans across the world are praying for the weather to clear in Manchester.
The ‘rain’ has been a major disrupter in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, playing as the “eleventh world cup team”. Indian fans were in for a huge disappointment when India’s match against New Zealand got washed out due to rain. India and New Zealand’s cricket match got abandoned without a ball being bowled and both the teams had to share one point each. Now, the Indian fans are deeply concerned about the weather forecast for India’s upcoming mother-of-all-clashes against Pakistan.
With India’s match called off, the total tally of matches abandoned due to rain in the ongoing world cup goes up to four. Previously, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka and South Africa vs West Indies matches were abandoned due to poor weather in England. Sri Lanka is the only team to have got two of its matches washed out due to rain, a factor that will definitely impact the team’s chances to reach the semi-finals.
India vs Pakistan Weather: Manchester Weather Report for Sunday, June 16
One of the most anticipated clashes in the ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Pakistan, is very likely to get affected by rain, as light showers are predicted in the second half. The Manchester weather report for June 16 reports light showers. Even today, on June 15, there is heavy rain in the region.
On the day of the epic India vs Pakistan clash, the Manchester region is expected to witness light showers from early morning. The sun is expected to come out after that and stay till about 2 pm in the afternoon. Rain is, however, likely to interrupt second half of India vs Pakistan match.
Will India vs Pakistan match be delayed?
The epic clash between India and Pakistan is likely to start on time as the rain is predicted to stop in the morning. However, England’s Met department’s forecast predicts 50 percent chance of rain in the afternoon, just around the second half of the play. If it does rain, it is expected to continue till 7pm in the evening in UK local time.
Is a full 50-over match possible on June 16?
The chances of a full 50-over match taking place between India and Pakistan is very grim.
What is at stake for India and Pakistan?
The significant match between India and Pakistan is scheduled to begin at 10.30 am on June 16 at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.
India is currently ranked fourth in the world cup points table with 5 points in 3 matches, while Pakistan is ranked eighth with three points in 4 matches.
The weather has been poorest in the on-going Cricket World Cup, the most rain-affected World Cup with four matches being abandoned.
India and New Zealand’s match was the most recent one to be called off due to poor weather at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Following the call off, the ICC received a lot of backlash from all over the world and questions were raised on why ICC hasn’t kept any reserve day for group stage matches. However, ICC says there is very little they can do to deal with the “extremely unseasonable” cloud cover in England.
The ICC has only kept reserve days for the latter stages of the world cup tournament, the semi-finals and the final.