The looming disaster that could destroy T20 World Cup final

Virat Kohli is pictured left and Shaheen Shah Afridi on the right.
The T20 World Cup is at the mercy of Melbourne's spring weather after several games earlier in the tournament had to be abandoned due to poor weather. Pictures: Getty Images

And the winner is….nobody.

After 44 games over four weeks in six different states, cricket's pulsating T20 World Cup may finish without an outright champion.

And it's all due to Melbourne's unpredictable – or should that be predictable? – late spring weather.

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The final – between Pakistan and the winner of Thursday night's England-India semi-final - is set for the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday night.

The Bureau of Meteorology's forecast for the big day makes for depressing reading, with a 95 per cent chance of between 8-20mm of rain.

Monday is a reserve day if there is no play on Sunday, but the BOM predicts a "very high" chance of further rain, adding to the migraine for worried tournament organisers.

A capacity crowd is expected at the final, with the possibility of a record global TV audience for a cricket match.

A Pakistan-India decider would be one of the biggest matches in the game's history.

And here's the part that will anger and frustrate cricket fans the most – if rain prevents the final from going ahead, there will be no tournament winner.

There are no further reserve days, no countback system and no chance of a late venue switch to ensure the match is played.

T20 World Cup final at risk of washout

Under International Cricket Council rules for the tournament, both finalists will share the title and be officially declared joint winners.

Presumably, both countries' names will be engraved on the trophy with the captains simultaneously hoisting the silverware for the cameras.

If the forecast is close to bang on, the only hope is there is a slight break in the weather for at least 10 overs (five per side) to be bowled.

Anything less than 10 overs does not constitute a match.

Pakistan may end up sharing the spoils of the T20 World Cup final should the match be abandoned due to rain. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Pakistan may end up sharing the spoils of the T20 World Cup final should the match be abandoned due to rain. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Channel Nine commentator and former Australian international Steve O'Keefe is praying the forecasters have got it wrong.

"It is Melbourne so anything is possible when it comes to the weather," he told Yahoo Sport Australia.

"It'd be shattering if the final couldn't be played after such a wonderful tournament.

"We'll have 100,000 at the MCG and potentially billions watching on TV if it's an India-Pakistan final.

"Hopefully the rain stays away long enough to fit a match in because this tournament deserves to finish on a high."

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