Southampton: There is also a threat of bad weather on the third and final Test between England and Pakistan starting on Friday at The Rose Bowl ground. If the game is damaged due to rain or bad light, then the day's play will be started half an hour earlier to make up for it. The England and Wales Cricket Board, (ECB), on Thursday, issued a statement announcing flexibility on the timing.
In fact, the second Test of the three-match series was badly affected by rain and poor light. It follows discussions surrounding the second Test, at the same venue, which ended in a draw when poor weather meant only 134.3 overs were bowled for the match, the equivalent of less than one and a half days' play of the scheduled five, even though the match finished late on the fifth day.
“Following positive discussions with the 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 #raisethebat third Test starting on Friday at the Ageas Bowl,” the ECB said in a statement.
According to the ECB, “The captains and coaches of both teams agree on this change. Such changes will also be considered during the future series in England. Such flexibility will help to compensate for the time wasted due to bad weather.” England won the first Test in Manchester to take a 1-0 lead in the series.