Sydney Sixers skipper Moises Henriques says it would have set a dangerous precedent to change BBL rules and shift Saturday’s final away from the SCG because of forecast heavy rain.
BBL final: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars
- The match is due to be played on Saturday night at 7:15pm AEDT at the SCG
- 45-90mm of rain is predicted
- Cricket Australia has ruled out changing venues
- The Sixers will be declared champions if no result is possible
Wet weather is threatening to ruin the season decider between the Sixers and Melbourne Stars, with Henriques’s team to be declared champions if no result is possible.
The Cricket Australia bushfire relief match, which was to take place before the final, has already been rescheduled for Sunday at Melbourne’s Junction Oval, but the last-minute shift means Shane Warne and Michael Clarke will not take part.
Henriques suggested any contest on Saturday, when 45-90 millimetres of rain is expected to hit Sydney, would be a win for fans but it would make sense to introduce a reserve day for future seasons.
Cricket Australia (CA) has already ruled out changing venues for the BBL final, but legend Adam Gilchrist and other pundits argue the governing body should have done exactly that.
Henriques, speaking inside the SCG Members Pavilion as rain bucketed down and the heavy covers remained anchored to the centre-wicket block, disagreed.
“If that was something discussed at the start of the tournament, then possibly. But definitely not 24 hours out from a game,” the allrounder said.
“If you wake up tomorrow and there’s no rain [after shifting the game], we’ve robbed our home fans … and robbed ourselves of a chance to play in front of our home crowd.
“We’ve earned the right to host the final.
“But if it was in the rules, that we’re going to try to predict the future and future weather conditions then move [the final] accordingly, I just think it could set a dangerous precedent.
“We’ve seen forecasts be wrong plenty of times before.”