Let there be mild – ICC panel more likely to focus on guidelines

New Delhi, August 17

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is more likely to focus on Test cricket’s unhealthy mild guidelines which have been criticised through the ongoing England vs Pakistan sequence, a supply within the governing physique mentioned on Monday.

Rain and unhealthy mild have mixed to restrict motion within the second Test between England and Pakistan in Southampton, irritating gamers and tv viewers hoping for dwell cricket amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We at the ICC are open to such ideas and the ICC Cricket Committee may discuss the issue in their next meeting,” the supply mentioned.

Umpires at present use mild meters to find out if the sunshine is “dangerous or unreasonable” to proceed enjoying.

In 2013, ICC member boards rejected the governing physique’s proposal of utilizing floodlights to proceed a Test match in case of fading pure mild.

The ICC Cricket Committee has not set a date for its subsequent assembly and any advice to make use of floodlights would require the approval of the ICC Board.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has steered utilizing a pink ball, at present used solely in day-night Tests for its greater visibility, to keep away from shedding enjoying time to unhealthy mild.

“The more I watch this, particularly in England, the pink ball could be the solution – just play with it all the time,” Vaughan advised BBC Test Match Special.

Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne additionally backed the pink-ball concept.

“If we lower that light meter reading and use a pink ball for Test matches, I think we’ll stay out there a lot longer,” Warne advised Sky Sports on Monday.

Under present enjoying circumstances, a pink ball can be utilized in any bilateral sequence, offered the 2 groups concerned agree upfront. Reuters

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