Van Niekerk bemoans reserve day policy ahead of historic T20 semi-final

Dane van Niekerk (Getty Images)
Dane van Niekerk (Getty Images)

Proteas captain Dane van Niekerk stated that having no reserve days for the Women's T20 World Cup is not "ideal" ahead of their semi-final against Australia.

The Proteas will take on the hosts Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday (10:00 SA time). While, India take on England in the other semi-final (06:00 SA time), also at the SCG.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed that there are no reserve days for the semi-finals or final, in an event of a washed out game.

According to Australian weather service Weather Zone, a 90% percent chance of rain is expected in Sydney the whole of Thursday.

This puts both semi-finals in major jeopardy. 

However, it's good news for South Africa if the match is rained out.

The Proteas women finished on top of their pool ahead of England and with their higher log position, their progression to final is assured.

While acknowledging that rain would be to South Africa's advantage, Van Niekerk believes that it shouldn't come to that.

"We had a chat about it earlier and yes, it works in our favour but if I was on the other end I'll be very upset," Van Niekerk told reporters on Tuesday.

"Everyone works very hard to get here and to lose out because of weather is not ideal. I don't think it should be like that.

"I definitely believe in the future of when there's semi-finals and finals there should be a reserve day." 

The Proteas women are looking to create history on Thursday by becoming the first South African team to reach a final at an ICC event since 1998.

- Compiled by Lynn Butler

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