WHEN cricket breathes its last breath it will look back to events like Sunday and say ‘Ohhh yeah, we could have done better there’.
Just 21 were
needed for England to win the fifth and final Ashes test when Aleem Dar and
Kumar Dharmasena decided it was far too dark to carry on and took the players
the fact their concern did not prevent them letting Mitchell Starc bowl 90mph
for six balls, we’ll also ignore the fact that it seemed only Peter Siddle was
struggling to pick up the ball.
before the end, mid on dashed into to field a ball, clean and one handed threw
it back to the bowler, you see it was pitch black out there....
ignore Michael Clarke’s badgering of the umpires – as Geoff Boycott said you
can’t dangle a carrot and then protest when it looks like you will lose.
thousands who had been roused for an unexpected finale were told it was too
dark, then looked up to see four big floodlights illuminating the ground.
The ICC have to
wake up and realise t20 cricket is so popular because it’s free from
bureaucracy and silly regulation.
The same MUST
be applied to test cricket, too much will be said tomorrow about poor Michael
Clarke and what a lovely declaration.
The truth is if
some fielders couldn’t see the ball, I bet Bell and Woakes were having a bit of
trouble picking up 90mph deliveries – it was the same for both teams!
Surely in 2013
we can have a regulation where the light can be over-ruled if there is a
realistic prospect of a result?
the end of a test match which, let’s face it, hardly provided value for the
money test match fans are now being asked for.
The light was
closing in, but this was not Karachi in 2000 when England and Pakistan played
to a finish in the dark.
commentators have pointed to that as a reason for the ICC not to go back to the
rule where the light was offered to the batsmen.
argument is false, there were no floodlights in Karachi, had there not been at
the Oval there would be no debate – it was that dark.
But the field
was illuminated and surely messers Dar and Dharmasena should have a ‘common
sense mandate’ to say a result is possible, the light is the same for both
sides, let’s finish.
The reaction of
the crowd spoke volumes, cricket has not got the same mass appeal as football,
it cannot afford to annoy its spectators too much.
listening Mr Richardson?