England’s two veteran fast bowlers — James Anderson and Stuart Broad are not in favour of the suggestion of introducing pink-ball, to combat the bad light in Test cricket.
The ongoing second Test between England and Pakistan is halted because of bad light. The extended intervals had frustrated both the teams as well as fans. Thus, several cricket experts had advised using the pink-ball instead of the red-ball when the lights fades. But Anderson and Board had raised the voice against the suggestion.
It would be unfair: Stuart Broad and James Anderson
The 37-year-old Anderson stated that it would be wrong to change the colour at the time when it gets dark. On the other hand, Stuart Broad, who recently joined 500 Test wicket club, stated that introducing the ball at the mid of the match would be unfair for the batsman.
“I don’t think we can change the colour of the ball when it gets a bit dark, I don’t think that’s a goer really,” Anderson said.
“We’ve seen with the history of the pink ball under lights, it’s been very tricky for the batsmen and would be unfair to the balance of the game,” Broad said. “You could lose five for 10, that’s going too far and complicating the situation. If the players’ safety is in doubt, the officials have to bring them off. If they think it’s safe, you play.”
Meanwhile, on the second day of the second Test match, only 40.2 overs could be bowled while Pakistan ended the day at 223 for nine. Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan will resume the third-day play as he remains unbeaten at 60.
As of now, rain has delayed the start of the third day.