Michael Vaughan, former England captain, reckons the usage of pink ball could be a viable solution to all the stoppages caused by ‘bad light’ in Test match cricket.
Only 40.2 overs were possible on a frustrating day of Test match cricket between England and Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton after the on-field umpires decided that the light wasn’t sufficient to continue the proceedings in the post-Tea session.
“It’s a terrible look for the game. The more I watch this, particularly in England, the pink ball could be the solution – just play with it all the time,” Michael Vaughan was quoted as saying by BBC.
“It’s been a summer where I’ve seen the light being taken more than any other summer I can remember. In a summer where the game desperately needs cricket to be on, it just doesn’t make sense. Those that are paid the big cheques for the broadcast have got to step up and say to the ICC ‘this isn’t good enough -you’ve got to come up with a solution that allows the game to be played in conditions like these’,” Michael Vaughan added.
Shane Warne endorses Michael Vaughan’s suggestion on Twitter
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne too agreed with Michael Vaughan’s suggestions. The legendary leg-spinner took to Twitter to endorse Vaughan’s idea.
“Absolutely! I’ve said the same thing for a long time now! Pink ball for Test matches ASAP, please ! Agree followers?,” tweeted Warne.
Meanwhile, James Anderson and Stuart Broad had contrasting views on the ‘bad light’ conundrum. While James Anderson called for a bit of a ‘leeway’ on bad light regulations, Stuart Broad came in defence of the umpires, adding that they were absolutely correct in taking the players off the field as the light had deteriorated significantly.
Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who scored a brilliant 60 on the 2nd day to help Pakistan post 9-223 in their first innings was, however, willing to continue batting before the officials took the players off the field.