Botham lambastes day/night Tests


Former England allrounder Ian Botham has slammed the suggestion of playing day/night Test cricket in England next summer as he believes the matches will be uneven.

The ECB is set to stage a Test next summer under lights at Edgbaston but Botham feels there is no need for the move and the game will pose more problems than solutions.

Botham told AFP in an interview in London: “It’s ridiculous. I think it’s appalling.

“Test cricket is the flagship. You cannot play day-night Test cricket in England because the difference between bowling in the day time, and bowling in the evening, it’s unfair.”

England has some of the best attendances records for Test matches with the first Three days of most matches usually sold out and Botham feels that people will, in fact, stay away from Test cricket in the evening.

The former skipper said: “I am amazed we are going ahead with it.

“We do well (with crowds) in Tests in England. The first three days are certainly usually sold out. They are going to do it, so we will all sit back and watch.”

Botham is not a stale traditionalist though and supports the DRS innovation and defended umpire Kumar Dharmasena who had 13 decisions overturned during the series between Bangladesh and England.

Beefy added: “It (DRS) is not going to go away.

“It’s very difficult for umpires on those surfaces. There’s been a lot turned over, but it’s very difficult when you start on turning wickets and there’s uneven bounce.

“One thing it does do is that it gets rid of the howlers. No umpire deliberately gets it wrong.”