T20 World Cup 2022: Weather to play a massive role in initial Super 12 matches of the competition

Several matches are expected to be interrupted by rain with no reserve days for the Super 12 matches.

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Rain in Australia Grounds
Rain in Australia Grounds. (Photo Source: Twitter/@BLACKCAPS)

Rain is expected to play a major part in the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup. According to weather experts, the La Niña weather event is expected to hit east and south eastern Australia. La Niña is a weather pattern that begins in the Pacific Ocean. Warm ocean water and clouds move west during a La Niña. As a result, countries like Indonesia and Australia might get more rainfall than usual.

There is a very high chance that rain will play a spoilsport in the opening Super 12s match between  Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Similar weather is also predicted for the India-Pakistan match at Melbourne Cricket Stadium on October 23 (Sunday).

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is an 80% chance that it will rain on upcoming Friday when West Indies are slated to take on Ireland and Scotland will face Zimbabwe with both matches to be played in Hobart.

There is a 90% chance of rain for the India vs Pakistan clash on Sunday

For India, vs Pakistan clash, there is currently a 90% chance of rainfall on Sunday. To note, a minimum of five overs is required to complete a match and no reserve days have been kept for the group stage matches. 

The match between England and Afghanistan to be played in Perth is expected to have no rain halts as the weather is clear for the evening. The match will be played on October 22 (Saturday). Later in October, the tournament will move to Brisbane and Adelaide.

Last month, the Bureau of Meteorology stated that this year's La Niña weather event may not remain for the full summer, but that is still not good news for the ongoing T20 World Cup. 

"At the moment, this La Niña isn't looking particularly strong and it's looking like it will peak probably fairly early in the summer or late in the spring," Andrew Watkins, head of long-range forecasting, told ABC. "Which is a little bit unusual, a little bit different to the La Niñas that we've been seeing in recent years."

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