India-Pakistan ODIs to commence early

Though no official reason was given for the early starts, dew is believed to be a possible factor Getty Images

New Delhi: Dec 20, 2012

The one-day international matches of the much-anticipated cricket series between India and Pakistan beginning next week will have early starts, the BCCI announced on Thursday.

The BCCI has decided to start the second and third ODI in Kolkata (January 3) and Delhi (January 6) from 12 noon.

Though no official reason was given for this but dew could be a possible factor. Yesterday, the board had revised the timings of the first four matches of the India-England ODI series as it believed that dew could play an important role in the outcome of the games.

However, the first ODI against Pakistan, to be held in Chennai on December 30, will remain a day-game starting at 9am.

The second Twenty20 international of the two-match series to be held on December 25 in Ahmedabad, will begin from 5pm.

While the first T20 game in Bengaluru will commence at 7pm on December 28.