•   Monday, 30 Jan, 2023
T20 World Cup

T20 World Cup: ICC tweaks playing conditions for final between Pakistan, England

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MELBOURNE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has tweaked its playing conditions to ensure a result in the T20 World Cup's final game between Pakistan and England, which is currently under threat of being hampered by rain.

The ICC, in a statement on Friday, said that the Event Technical Committee (ETC) has increased the provision of additional playing time on the reserve day to four hours from the original provision of two hours in clause 13.7.3 of the playing conditions.

The global governing body for cricket confirmed that the decision was taken to complete the match and get a result.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has predicted rains on Sunday — the scheduled day for the final — and on Monday, which is the reserved day for the final.

Even though the chances of rain have reduced from 95% to 75%, the chances of rain between 7pm to 11pm on Sunday are still 65%.

The ICC has also added that 10 overs per side are required to constitute a match in the knockout stage and every effort will be taken to complete the match on the scheduled day.

"Every effort will be made for the match to be completed on Sunday, with any necessary reduction of overs taking place and only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on Sunday will the match go into the reserve day," the ICC's statement said.

Play on the reserve day will begin at 1pm (PST) and would be a continuation of play from the scheduled match day.