Former England captain Nasser Hussain is not happy with the present bad light rules in the international cricket. He wants to see the change in this law.
With the ongoing Southampton Test between England and West Indies, which started on this Wednesday (8th July), international cricket has finally resumed after the almost four months break due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the day one of the Southampton Test only managed to provide 17.4 overs playtime, due to the rain-interruption and bad light issue.
Nasser Hussain isn’t happy to see that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has solely left the bad light decision on the umpires. Here bad lights refer to unreasonable for play to take place as it can be dangerous to continue the game.
It’s one thing you have to try and explain to somebody new to the game: Nasser Hussain
The former England captain feels that the umpires can still continue the game even if the light might not be considered good enough. He thinks that the present bad light rules are ultimately affecting Test cricket.
Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports, “It’s one thing you have to try and explain to somebody new to the game. You spend a lot of money on lights, turn the lights on and go off for light. On this occasion, they’ve gone off for rain. It is something eventually that I’d like the ICC to change really.
“They might say ‘You’re a retired player’ and (talk about) stats, but look at that, the lights are on. If it wasn’t raining now, maybe the players could buy into the fact that the game needs to keep selling itself and if you can stay on, do stay on.”
In the recent past, we have experienced some Test matches which had been affected due to the bad light rules. During the final Test (5th Test) of the 2013 Ashes Series at The Oval, when England were 21 runs away from the victory and 24 balls were still left on the final day with five wickets in hands, the game was stopped due to the bad light. That match was finally ended in a draw result.
Similarly, another incident happened on the fourth day of the 2019 Sydney Test between Australia and India, where the umpires called off the day due to the poor light.