KARACHI: Reacting to the dreary draw to the weather-plagued second Check towards England at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis feels cricket directors should do a ‘rethink’ within the taking part in circumstances to ensure extra play.
Speaking to reporters on-line throughout post-match media convention late on Monday, ex-Pakistan skipper Waqar admitted it was attainable for each groups to spend longer time on the sector than being confined to their dressing-rooms in a match the place simply 134.three overs of motion have been attainable mainly due to rain and dangerous gentle.
“It was actually very, very irritating for all involved. The climate, for positive, was not in our palms however having stated that there have been moments when the Check may have moved on when it comes to motion [on the field]. I believe it’s excessive time that taking part in with the pink balls underneath lights is taken into account a viable choice for the survival of cricket and use of floodlights be made obligatory when there’s lack of pure daylight.
“The interpretations governing the legal guidelines on gentle are actually being mentioned and to counsel that pink ball is the reply for it’s nonetheless at an experimental section from my perspective. There had been only one Check in England with the pink ball. The others who’ve performed with pink balls have advocated that Check cricket could be staged and it’s financially viable too as a result of taking part in underneath lights additionally encourage extra individuals to look at the match on the floor after work.
“Our workforce have performed in a number of pink-ball Checks— twice in Australia and one in Dubai — however I’ve no thought truly how does the Duke-brand pink balls behave in English circumstances, although there had been one Check with these balls over right here in England [the home side defeating West Indies by innings and 209 runs within three days at Edgbaston in 2017].
“So definitely in such an environment the ball would behave differently, particularly when it is overcast and a bit damp, which often is the case in England. Even in Australia we have seen when the lights are switched on, the ball would dart around much more than during daylight hours. To cap it, I think it’s a very good idea moving forward to make Test cricket more entertaining by bringing in large crowds and also improve the revenue factor,” the legendary quick bowler added.
Coming to the match, Waqar stated there’s frustration among the many gamers as Pakistan head into the ultimate Check on the similar venue from Friday, being 1-Zero down within the three-match sequence.
“Clearly, the temper is a bit despondent in our camp with the end-result on this second Check however on the similar time everyone seems to be equipped for the subsequent match. There have been plus factors for Pakistan within the drawn Check regardless of restricted motion. [Mohammad] Rizwan stood out with a wonderful innings whereas batting with the tail and each Abid [Ali] and Babar [Azam] additionally made vital contributions.
“On the bowling front, [Mohammad] Abbas bowled pretty well as did Shaheen [Shah Afridi] to trouble the England batsmen because I felt our total of 236 was quite decent in tough conditions. And there had been more playing time, we would put England under pressure.”
When requested whether or not Pakistan can be effecting adjustments to the taking part in XI for the ultimate Check, Waqar plainly stated it was as much as the top coach Misbah-ul-Haq to make the decision.
Printed in Daybreak, August 19th, 2020