Costume ban and two-drink limit for remainder of England’s Test against South Africa


Costumes have been banned for the replay of England’s last Test against South Africa following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Those attending the final three days of the match at the Oval will also be limited to purchasing two alcoholic beverages at a time.

Ticket holders for Saturday’s play were asked to be in their seats by 10.30am for a special celebration of the life and legacy of the late Queen, with bars not serving alcohol until its conclusion.

The restrictions were announced by Surrey Cricket Club after the England & Wales Cricket Board ordered the resumption of cricket, which had been suspended following the death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

The ECB has confirmed a minute’s silence will be observed before the game, followed by the national anthem, in what is expected to be the first time its ‘God Save the King’ iteration has been sung at a major sporting event since 1952. .

Surrey, which hosts England’s last home Test of the summer, said in a statement: “We ask that visitors attending tomorrow, Saturday 10 September, be in their seats by 10.30am for a special celebration of life and of Her Majesty’s Legacy Bars will not serve alcohol until the end of this celebration and fans will be limited to purchasing two alcoholic beverages at a time throughout the day.

“The rest of this Test series will be a very special time for everyone involved, but please know that there will be significant differences to your usual matchday experience.

“One day [sic] 4 and 5, bars will be open once play begins and fans will be limited to purchasing two alcoholic beverages at a time throughout the day.

“Dress up will not be permitted on all three days, and those in disguise will be refused entry.

“We look forward to welcoming people over the next three days. Please be considerate of others and behave respectfully towards others and the occasion.

“It is a chance for all of us to recognize the extraordinary contribution the Queen has made to public life, and we ask all fans to behave in a way that shows we are equal at this time.”

With day one play at The Oval also halted on Thursday, the remainder of the test will see a minimum number of 98 overs played per day.


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