Just a delayed start or a deliberate move?

Published on Jan 28, 2006 04:48 PM IST

PCB has decided that the match will start at 10 am. Probably, they are trying to deny the early morning help to fast bowlers.

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None | ByPress Trust of India, Karachi

Pakistan Cricket Board will do away with the early starts and revert to the regular timing for the match to kick off in the third and final Test, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

The first two Tests of the present series started at 9.45 local time but the one on Sunday would have a regular start at 10 am.

The official reason put forward by Pakistan Cricket Board was that Karachi has enough of sunshine till late in the evening for 90 overs to go through in a day's play.

However, insiders say the move has been prompted to delay the start by as much time as possible so as the fast bowlers are denied early help.

The green look of the pitch, besides the cool winds which blow from across the sea, could be of great assistance to quicker men early in the day.

The Pakistan team management, which has shown a defensive streak in the series so far, is probably unwilling to venture into uncharted territory.

PCB officials claim they first approached Indian coach Greg Chappell for his consent and he had no objection to the delayed start.

They then got the Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer to agree to it.

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