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‘Big let down’ – fans lambaste bad light protocol after multiple interruptions

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Fans took to social media to criticise Test cricket’s bad light protocols after there were two interruptions in play during the evening session of day two at the Ageas Bowl in the first Test between England and West Indies.

Although conditions remained dry and with the floodlights in use, players were forced off the field as dark clouds hovered over the ground. A number of supporters online criticised the game’s current regulations around bad light.

Some suggested the permanent use of the pink ball in Test cricket, the thinking being that a pink ball is more visible under floodlights.

Broadcaster and Wisden Cricket Monthly columnist Adam Collins advocated having a box of pink balls always available in the event of worsening light.

One Facebook user, Emile Pinel, articulated the frustration that many fans up and down the country felt with a seemingly preventable obstacle to play coming soon after cricket’s long-awaited resumption. “A big let down and in need of prompt review,” wrote Pinel. “This is the first international sport in the country for several months and presents a great opportunity for cricket to build on its profile and recent success in this country. Live coverage with a fairly captive audience, but opportunity not taken because its[sic] a bit cloudy and gloomy. Get a grip lawmakers.”

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