Afghan-Ireland T20 match ruined by rain

Afghanistan’s MCG debut ended in a soggy climax, with Friday’s T20 World Cup match against Ireland being abandoned due to persistent rain.

They suffered the same fate in Wednesday night’s game against New Zealand at the same venue.

Afghan coach Jonathan Trott noted that Marvel Stadium has a roof on the other side of town.

“What’s also frustrating is that there’s a stadium down the street that also has a roof so you can play cricket there. So we could have had a lot of cricket, “she said. She states.

“But it is so. This is what makes tournaments unpredictable. excited to be there “.

Trott also liked the tournament organizers and said Afghanistan was particularly unlucky.

“The logistics of all this to organize a World Cup is enormous. The ICC has always put a lot of diligence and effort into its thought process, ”he said.

“Who would turn down the opportunity to play MCG for two games as we planned?

“(It’s) very frustrating. Obviously after the game against New Zealand you thought it couldn’t happen twice, in a game that for us is a game to win or a game we really wanted to win. “

Afghanistan and Ireland took a point each and the lack of results created even more uncertainty in the first group.

Ireland’s shocking victory over England on Wednesday – even the match ended early due to rain – puts them in second place in the group with one win and one defeat.

Afghanistan is the only team among the six in Group One not to have won and is last.

Ireland will face Australia in the Gabba on Monday and Afghanistan will face Sri Lanka at the same venue the next day.

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie was philosophical about not playing a game in which they were favorites.

“When you haven’t done anything, you really can’t be too disappointed,” he said.

“It’s not that disappointing because we can’t control it. So we’ll just have to move to Brisbane and hope to get a good performance up there. “

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