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India vs New Zealand | Frustrating & Unfortunate: Stead After Washout

However, Stead agreed with ICC CEO Dave Richardson's opinion that reserve days are not an option despite inclement weather and unlikely downpour in the month of June.

PTI |June 13, 2019, 11:51 PM IST
India vs New Zealand | Frustrating & Unfortunate: Stead After Washout

New Zealand coach Gary Stead on Thursday termed the 2019 ICC World Cup game wash-out against India as "unfortunate and frustrating" but agreed with ICC's assertion that reserve days will be a "logistical nightmare".

"Yeah, it would have been lovely to play India. It's always tough mentally, I think on a day like this, when you come down prepared to play, and it doesn't happen. But it's out of our control. We can't really do much about it, so we've got to move on quickly for South Africa," Stead said after the match was called off without a ball being bowled.

However, Stead agreed with ICC CEO Dave Richardson's opinion that reserve days are not an option despite inclement weather and unlikely downpour in the month of June.

"Reserve days, I think, is going to be a logistical nightmare. The ICC, I think, have made that fairly well-known. Unfortunately, it's a bit of an anomaly already. When you look at the amount of days we've lost already, I think it's the biggest sort of amount of days lost in a World Cup ever," he said.

"So, we can't do much about that. We just have to, I guess, push on with what the schedule is," said Stead.

For Stead, with a gap of six days, he would love his players to relax for a couple of days, have some down time with families.

"To be honest, the first thing we're going to do is have a couple of days off. We don't play again for about six days now, and I think it's important that you manage your breaks. It's quite ironic though. I think our last four trainings have all been indoors. Look, it would have been lovely to play for two points, if possible," he said, trying to hide his frustration.

He was asked whether the World Cup at this time of the year should have been scheduled somewhere else and not the UK.

The New Zealand coach gave a humorous reply which was a depiction of helplessness more than anything else.

"I don't think so. If you took the UK summer from last year, then I am not sure it did rain at all from the sound of things. It's a bit of bad luck really. It can rain anywhere in the world. My first tour was in Dubai, and it rained there in the desert, and I never thought it was going to rain there either. So I don't think we can really help that."

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