Next summer’s European Football Championships, co-hosted by Poland and the Ukraine, have caused Kent to alter the dates of two of their Friends Life t20 fixtures for 2012.
Rather than go head-to-head with the obvious draw of Fabio Capello’s England team, the Spitfires have opted to revise their fixture schedule and move one home game and another on the road.
The football has impacted Kent’s home match against Hampshire Royals on Friday June 15, and the away fixture against Essex Eagles initially planned for Tuesday June 19. Both games clashed with England fixtures against Sweden and the Ukraine, respectively, in the group stages of the competition.
Kent will now welcome Hampshire to Canterbury on Sunday June 24 for a 3pm start, and will travel to play Essex in Chelmsford under lights on Wednesday June 20, starting at 7pm.
Kent’s chief executive officer Jamie Clifford said: “This seems a very sensible way to approach these fixtures.
“We have in previous years seen the impact of hosting games at the same time as England football. This gives us the best possible chance to maximise the crowd for the Hampshire fixture.
“I am grateful to ECB and Hampshire for approaching the change of date with such an open mind.”
Essex, meanwhile, have announced that their match at the Kia Oval against Surrey in the FLt20 is also the subject of a change from the original itinerary. It will now be played on Wednesday June 13 instead of Friday June 15.