ENG vs PAK: ICC to address bad light issue; new rules likely to be implemented

In the aftermath of the rain-marred England vs Pakistan second Test against in Southampton which ended in a pale draw, ICC is likely to review the regulations regarding light practices in their next meeting.

The second Test between England and Pakistan turned out to be a frustrating affair as bad light and rain problems continued to rule. These two factors have been a pressing issue for spoiling an intriguing Test match and the bad light rules came heavily under criticism as well.

Umpires currently use light meters to determine if the light is dangerous or unreasonable to keep playing. In 2013, ICC member boards rejected the governing body’s proposal of using floodlights to keep a Test match going in case of fading natural light.

A source of ICC revealed that the ICC is ready to discuss such ideas and that the ICC Cricket Committee could have the issue on the table next meeting.

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

Over the course of five days, 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.

England captain Joe Root also believes bad light issue need to be addressed to keep the players on the ground. England finished the final day on 110-4 in 43.1 overs before both skippers decided to shake hands and conclude the contest in a draw.