Michael Vaughan, the former England skipper, suggests pink ball should be used in all Tests to avoid play being lost due to bad lights. The pink ball could be a solution particularly in England which was witnessed in the ongoing Test between England and Pakistan where play was lost due to rain and bad lights.
Only 86 overs have been possible in the first two days as Pakistan were 223/9 when umpires called stumps on the second day on Friday. The 3rd days start of play also was delayed due to rain. In the 1st day, only 45.4 overs were possible.
Pink Ball Day-Night Tests were introduced with a test between Australia and New Zealand in December 2015 and the last test also happened between the two sides in December 2019. So far only 14 day-night tests have been possible in 4 years.
Michael Vaughan’s Views Endorsed By James Anderson And Shane Warne
Former Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne also tweeted endorsing Michael Vaughan’s idea.
Veteran pacer James Anderson, who is playing in the ongoing test called for more regulations in margins rather than stopping play once the light reaches the previous meter reading.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan who believes pink ball could be a solution to make up time lost due to bad light as the pink ball is better visible in the night and hence should be kept as a reserve ball in all Test cricket.
“It’s a terrible look for the game,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by BBC. “The more I watch this, particularly in England, the pink ball could be the solution – just play with it all the time,” he added.
His remarks came as the second day of the ongoing Test between England and Pakistan was hit by numerous delays before winding up early due to poor lights at the Ageas Bowl at Southampton. Pakistan were 223/9 when the umpire called for early stumps on Friday. So far, only 86 overs have been bowled in the first two days of the match because of rain and bad light.
“It’s been a summer where I’ve seen the light being taken more than any other summer I can remember,” said Vaughan.
“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’,” he added.
“Absolutely! I’ve said the same thing for a long time now! Pink ball for Test matches ASAP please ! Agree followers?,” tweeted former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne while endorsing Vaughan’s idea.
Pink balls are currently used in day-night Tests with teams continuing to play under floodlights.
Stuart Broad Disagrees With Michael Vaughan’s Idea Saying Umpires Should Have Final Call
Teammate Stuart Broad, however, did not endorse the idea and said it will bring an unfair balance and complicate the game. According to him, the on-field umpires should have the authority to bring the players off the field when it is unreasonable to proceed any further with the match.
“I don’t agree with bringing in a pink ball at all,” Broad said.
“That’s probably going a little bit too far and complicating the situation a little bit too much.
“If the players’ safety is in doubt then the officials have to bring us off. If the players feel safe and the officials feel it is safe then you play.
“The decision to leave the field because of bad light lies with the umpires when they deem it is “dangerous or unreasonable” to proceed.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad are playing the ongoing second test match and both have more than 500 wickets in their collection. Leg Spinner Shane Warne has retired from all forms of cricket in 2013 after taking 708 wickets in tests second only to Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who have exactly 800 wickets.