Former England captain Michael Vaughan blasts ICC over T20 World Cup 'shambles'

Michael Vaughan has slammed the ICC over the ‘shambles’ at the Women’s T20 World Cup.

On Thursday, England were knocked out of the tournament at the semi-final stage without a ball being bowled.

Heather Knight’s side were due to face India at the Sydney Cricket Ground but the match was abandoned, with India progressing to the final due to their superior group-stage finish.

India topped Group A and, as England finished as Group B runners-up, they were eliminated.

‘Once again the International Cricket Council has blundered and shunned common sense, leaving the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup looking like a shambles,’ former England captain Vaughan told TelegraphSport.

‘It has been clear all week that it was going to rain in Sydney on Thursday. I’ve spent a lot of time there and the forecasts are usually pretty accurate so they had time to plan for this eventuality.

‘But instead of adding in a reserve day or even shifting the semi-finals to Sunday in Melbourne and making it a finals day starting earlier in the day, they stubbornly refused to change.

‘The result is that England go home having not had a chance to show off their skills in a semi-final.’

Vaughan added: ‘The ICC have said you cannot change the rules halfway through a tournament and that all the countries signed off the schedule.

‘But sometimes your have exceptional circumstances and everyone would have praised the ICC for thinking quickly if they had tweaked the schedule at the last minute.

‘Why did they not arrange a reserve day tomorrow? If it is forecast to rain on Friday then why not move the semi-finals to Melbourne on Sunday and have a finals day like we do in the Vitality Blast?

‘The first game could have been played in the morning, the second semi in the afternoon with the final played as scheduled in the evening.

‘Yes this would have meant teams playing two games in one day and television schedules being changed but it would have been so much better for the image of the game.

‘It is nonsense. This is a World Cup, not some club league.’

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