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T20 World Cup: Organizers amend final rules to allow more playing time amid poor forecast

The final will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which is home to more than 90,000 spectators.
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Organizers have changed the rules of the game for Sunday’s Men’s T20 World Cup final in Melbourne to allow more time in case of rain interruptions.

England take on Pakistan at 08:00 BST on Sunday, but rain is forecast.

A reserve day is scheduled for Monday but, with more rain forecast, two hours have been added to allow play to continue through Monday night.

If a 10-a-side contest cannot be played, England and Pakistan will be declared joint winners.

England reached the final with a complete 10-wicket demolition of India in Adelaide on Thursday, while Pakistan moved closer to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the other semi-final, played on Wednesday.

The tournament’s playing conditions state that “every effort” will be made to complete the final on Sunday instead of using the reserve day, even if they require a shorter competition.

If the reservation day is required, the match will continue from Sunday, instead of restarting.

It will be played under the same playing conditions as the last ball bowled the day before, meaning that if a 10-a-side match starts on Sunday, the final will be played for the same duration on Monday.

The addition of two extra hours means there are seven hours and 10 minutes to fit into a match on booking day.

If necessary, the game will start at 04:00 GMT.

Rain dogged matches in Melbourne during this tournament with England meeting Australia in the group stage, one of the three matches at the venue being eliminated.

England were also beaten by Ireland in the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after rain brought an early end to their match on the same ground.

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