NZC sticks to 11am start time for first Test

Updated: 17 March 2009 07:49 IST

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's concern about the unconventional 12 noon start to the first Test against the Kiwis has been put to rest by NZC.

Hamilton:

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's concern about the unconventional 12 noon start to the first Test against the Kiwis has been put to rest by New Zealand Cricket, which has decided to stick to the original start time of 1100 hrs (local time).

NZC confirmed that play will start at the scheduled time of 11am at Seddon Park, here on Wednesday.

"It will be very different for us. Playing at night it seems like. It will go on till don't know what time. That will be definitely difficult. I have not played any Test that starts at 12. It is definitely a bit of concern," Dhoni had said at the pre-match media briefing.

NZC and their Asian broadcast partner Sony discussed the scheduling arrangements, including the possibility of adjusting the start time to grab more eyeballs at a later time zone in India.

After discussions with Sony, and with the teams and match officials, it has now been confirmed that the start time will remain at 11.00 am.

The start times for the second and third Tests at Napier (March 26-30) and Wellington (April 3-7) are expected to be confirmed in the next few days.

Topics : Cricket Hamilton Masakadza
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