ICC: All captains refused offer of floodlights


ICC boss Dave Richardson has defended the umpires' decision to call off the Test in Abu Dhabi with England 25 runs short, saying that all TEst captains had agreed that the light would stay with the umpire, and floodlights ignored.

England needed 99 runs to win the Test off 19 overs, but they fell short and only 11 overs were bowled before the light faded. While floodlights were on, the natural light reading was too poor to continue.

There was some consternation about the decision, but Richardson said all skippers, Alastair Cook and Misbah-ul-Haq included, had agree at a previous meeting that it would be unfair to use full floodlights.

Richardson said on the ICC website: "We have attempted in the past to say to the players: 'Look, if you've got floodlights and they're good enough to use for Test cricket, we should just bite the bullet'.

"However, that approach wasn't accepted by any of the teams really. They felt that would be unfair, and could lead to unjust finishes."

Pakistan captain Misbah confirmed this stance when writing on the Cricket Australia website: "In the aftermath of the Test there were some opinions shared whether the umpires should have the right to call off the game in the fading light or not.

"My opinion is the right should stay with the umpires.

"If the choice is given to the batsmen then the team which is in a better situation will want to continue the game, which is not right.

"The umpires follow a certain reading on the light meter and take decisions according to it.

"These rules are set before the match, therefore the decision regarding when to call off the game should stay with the umpires."