T20 World Cup 2022: Melbourne weather forecast to spoil final, rain forecast, cricket news

The long-awaited T20 World Cup final is under threat, with Melbourne forecast to be peppered with rain on Sunday night.

Three T20 World Cup matches at the iconic MCG have already been called off due to weather, while Ireland pulled off an upset victory over England after rain prematurely ended their Super 12 competition.

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Rain also denied host nation Australia the opportunity to face rivals England in a must-win match at the MCG, effectively eliminating the defending champions from the tournament.

And now the final is in jeopardy, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a 95 per cent chance of showers (8 to 20mm) dotting the Victorian capital on Sunday.

More than 90,000 spectators are expected to pass through the gates on Sunday, but that number could drop considerably if the weather intervenes.

Unlike the group stage matches, the T20 World Cup knockout matches are allocated a reserve day, with the final’s backup time scheduled for 3:00pm on Monday afternoon with an additional two hours. assigned to complete the game if there are interruptions due to rain.

But much to everyone’s frustration, Monday’s forecast isn’t particularly promising either, with the Bureau predicting a 95 percent chance of showers (5 to 10 mm).

“Every effort will be made to complete the match on the scheduled day”, establish the playing conditions of the T20 World Cup.

“Only if the minimum number of overs required to constitute a match cannot be bowled on the scheduled day, will the match be completed on the reserve day.”

If the final is eliminated, the trophy will be shared between the two finalists.

According to Agethe organizers of the T20 World Cup will not change the start time to favorable weather conditions due to the preferences of global broadcasters.

While the group stage matches only required five overs in the second innings to constitute a result, at least 10 overs will be needed on the run during the final.

Earlier this year, the Bureau confirmed that La Niña weather had returned once again for the summer of 2022/23, with its effects already being felt on the East Coast with severe flooding in New South Wales and Victoria.

“Typically with La Niña, it leads to additional cloud cover and additional rain over eastern, northern and central Australia,” Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe told last year.

“It also leads to temperatures generally near or below average in those regions.

“Particularly for matches in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, there is a higher chance of rain than usual, so there is a higher chance of games being scrapped.”

Andrew Watkins, chief long-range forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, warned that La Niña would hit the East Coast earlier than usual this summer, much to the frustration of T20 World Cup organisers.

“At the moment, this La Niña is not looking particularly strong and it looks like it will peak probably in early summer or late spring,” Watkins told ABC last month.

“Which is a little bit unusual, a little bit different than the Las Niñas that we’ve been seeing in the last couple of years.”

The rare weather phenomenon has occurred in Australia 16 times in the last 122 years.

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