England v Pakistan 3rd Test Match: Revised start times to maximize playing time
Following positive discussions with the England & Wales Cricket Board, (ECB) the International Cricket Council (ICC), led by Match Referee Chris Broad and various stakeholders including broadcast partners, the ECB and the ICC have agreed to revised start times ahead of the third Test starting on Friday at the Ageas Bowl.
The flexible approach will enable the prospect of making up time for inclement weather during the morning session of subsequent days rather than at the end of the day. The match officials will ensure that light is monitored to maximize playing time while it is still safe to do so. The safety of the players is still the number one priority for this protocol. The revised start times have been agreed with the captains and coaches of both England and Pakistan and will be implemented for the final match of this series. Further consideration will be given to applying these changes further at future series played in England.
Revised Playing Times Due to Bad Weather
After the conclusion of play on day one, the ICC Match Referee, Groundstaff, and the ECB Match Manager will meet to discuss the start times for the next day. If the forecast looks good in them,orning, it will be an option to commence play at 10.30 am and that final decision will be made by the ICC Match Referee, Chris Broad. The Match Referee will confirm the revised playing times, with the most likely scenario of amending to:
- 10.30 am start with 98 overs to be bowled in the day
- 6.00 pm scheduled close of play
- 6.30 pm extra 30 mins to bowl overs
- 7.00 pm cut off for extra time for bad weather during the day
- The morning session would last two and a half hours if the start time was adjusted.
The match officials will ensure that light is monitored to maximize playing time while it is still safe to do so. The safety of the players is still the number one priority for this protocol.
Date: August 21 – August 25, 2020
Match: England vs Pakistan, 3rd Test
Venue: Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Time: 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT, 11:00 AM LOCAL
ENG Possible XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
PAK Possible XI: Shan Mahsood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam,Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan