Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the England team could easily have continued playing in the light rain at Manchester yesterday. Play was stopped by the umpires due to the bad weather.

Boycott said, “How many cricketers would run down there? This sort of thing hurts cricket. The evening is set, we could easily play on. Did the groundstaff know about this? If so, they should have covered it or brought the boundary in. It wouldn’t have been pleasant fielding on it, but we have to get on with the game. There’s a bigger picture. People pay a fortune to watch. That’s bigger than a couple of cricketers slipping over.”

Former England captain Nasser Hussain said, “On a Test ground it should be possible to restart in a reasonable amount of time. It is a shame that one heavy shower has ended with the whole day called off.”

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