In a bid to address the bad light issue, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in a recent development has come up with the option to prepone day timings if play has been lost on the previous day.
This will be cricket’s first step towards changing the bad weather regulations that attracted heavy criticism during the heavily criticized second Test when early starts are introduced for the conclusion of the series against Pakistan.
The ECB are set to announce that play will begin in a third Test that starts at the Ageas Bowl on Friday at 10.30am on any day that follows one where play has been lost.
It is a move England have been reluctant to make over concerns about spectators having travel plans disrupted by a late switch from traditional 11am starts. But with this summer’s six Tests being played behind closed doors and broadcasters happy to be flexible, there is nothing to stop the governing body changing rules mid-series.
Over the course of five days during the 2nd Test in Southampton, Pakistan and England could only bat once while Joe Root’s men could not even complete their innings. On the back of fifties from Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan, the tourists dragged themselves to 236.
On day two, the umpires asked players to come off due to poor light, owing to which over an hour’s play could not happen. The cricketers played only in the first hour on day four and resumed after a four-hour delay on day five.