The ICC has displayed its commitment to ensuring a result is achieved in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by securing an extension to the permitted operating hours at the MCG for Sunday’s clash between Pakistan and England, meaning tournament officials have been able to further extend the playing time.
Tournament officials have now been able to add an additional hour of extra time for play to be held at the MCG on Sunday night, meaning a total of 90 minutes is now available should any play be lost.
That means play can continue up until midnight local time, should any additional extra time be required on Sunday.
Scheduled Match Times (all times local)
Match commences: 7.00 pm
1st Innings: 7.00-8.28 pm
Innings Break: 8.28-8.48 pm
2nd Innings: 8:48-10:30 pm
Additional time available: 10:30 pm-12:00 am
Players and officials were greeted with a beautiful sunny morning in Melbourne on Sunday, although clouds have slowly started rolling in ahead of the scheduled first ball at 7:00 pm local time.
The ability to finish the match on Monday’s reserve day (November 14 at 3:00 pm AEDT) is still available to event organisers, although every effort will be made for the match to be completed on Sunday.
If the match is to be completed on Monday then the match will resume at the point where the last ball was played, but this will only be utilised if the match cannot be completed on Sunday.
If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light, or any other circumstances are dangerous or unreasonable, they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to start or recommence.
The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make, following consultation with ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle.