James Anderson, England fast bowling spearheaded, has called for a bit of a ‘leeway’ on ICC’s rules and regulations on bad light after yet another day of Test match cricket was called off prematurely.
Only 40.2 overs were possible on what was a frustrating second day of the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan as play was called off after umpire decided that the reading wasn’t good enough for the game to continue.
“It was gloomy but it’s one of those when it didn’t seem like the batsmen were struggling too much. I don’t know what the reading was (at tea). Maybe there could be a bit more leeway there,” James Anderson was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’.
“The light has been gloomy all day and we’ve been lucky to get the play we have. It did feel like the floodlights were pretty prominent. The umpires take their readings, we can only go off that so there’s nothing more we can do about that.” James Anderson added.
Stuart Broad differs from James Anderson on his views on ‘bad light’
Stuart Broad, however, had a different view on the entire matter. The right-handed fast bowler came to the official’s defense, adding that they were ‘right’ in getting the players off the field as the light had significantly deteriorated post the Tea break.
“The officials were right to bring us off. It had dropped below the darkness that we had come off for earlier in the day and all of our fielders were saying: ‘We wouldn’t want to bat in this, this is quite dark’,” Broad told BBC.
Mohammad Rizwan, who played a brilliant counterattacking knock to help Pakistan get past the 200-run mark, said that he was ready to continue to play.
“I was ready to play but the decision rests with the umpires and they have the responsibility to ensure no one gets injured. They have to go by the light meter. It’s the same for both teams,” said Rizwan.