ECB confirms revised start times for upcoming England-Pakistan third test

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The third Test between England and Pakistan will be played at Ageas Bowl Southampton will certainly see some changes in the timing on which match will be played between the two teams in order to recover for the lost time during the second Test match.

As the third Test match will be played from 10.30 am(0930 am GMT), 30 minutes earlier than the normal time 11.00 am if time is lost due to bad light or rain earlier in the test, the ECB said in a statement.

The decision was taken by ECB along with match referee and stakeholders after 134.3 overs were bowled in the second test match between England and Pakistan due to poor weather conditions.

“Following positive discussions with the ECB, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and various stakeholders… the ECB and the ICC have agreed to revised start times ahead of the third test,” the ECB said in a statement.

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 morning session would last two and a half hours if the start times are adjusted, while a total of 98 overs will be scheduled for the day.

The ECB also said that match umpires will continuously monitor light during matches so that maximum overs can be bowled in a day and the focus is to maximize the playing time.

Taking about the upcoming three-match Test series between England and Pakistan, the host is currently leading the series by 1-0.