Ashley Giles has called on Warwickshire supporters to come out in force on Thursday.
The Twenty20 Cup quarter-final against Kent, scheduled for Wednesday night, had to be re-arranged due to rain. The start as been altered to 5pm.
Kent wanted to play in the morning. They start a Championship match in Canterbury on Friday and wanted to leave in early afternoon.
The England and Wales Cricket Board insisted, rightly, that it remained an evening game. Though Kent’s schedule is unfortunate, it would have been outrageous to have played at a time when many of the 6,000 who had bought tickets would have been unable to attend.
The compromise - the start is 40 minutes earlier than it would have been last night - will anger some. There are sure to be a number of spectators who are unable to leave work in time to make the start. Though cash refunds have been ruled out, Warwickshire will offer Pro-40 tickets to ticket holders who are unable to attend. An extra hour is available should the weather intervene
“You have to look after the spectators,” Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles said. “They have been good for us in Twenty20. If we started any earlier, we would almost have given away home advantage. A quarter-final with a few hundred people watching is no good for anyone.”
If rain prevents play, a bowl-out will take place in the indoor school.
“We have had a practice,” Giles said. “It went well, but then it always goes well in practice.”