England-Pakistan final Test to experience changes in ‘traditional rules’
England won the first Test against Pakistan in a thrilling match after the resumption of cricket in post pandemic period. The second Test of the three-match series between hosts England and visiting Pakistan could not be played properly due to rain and lack of light. There is a speculation of lack of light even in the last match of the series. However, England has changed a rule to keep the game as smooth as possible, the ICC has given approval.
The ICC has allowed the third Test between England and Pakistan to start ahead of schedule so as not to damage the game even in bad weather. It is rare for such a decision to be made before the start of a match. This could change the traditional moment of the start of a Test match in England.
Test matches in England usually start at 11 am local time. This is the ideal time for practice. However, the weather in the last Test in Southampton caused the ICC to allow the match to start at 10.30 am the next day. The decision was taken in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The cricket world saw the start of the match half an hour before the next day when the match was disrupted due to natural obstacles during the match. However, there was not a single instance of time moving forward before the match was played. The second Test of the series was played at the Ages Bowl in Southampton. Lack of light was a bigger obstacle than rain in this match.
Due to lack of light, only 134.3 overs were played in this match. The third inning didn’t see the light of day. This is the smallest match in the history of Tests hosted by England. No one liked such silence because of the nature in a dignified format like Tests. So many people demanded the ICC to amend and change the rules of the game due to lack of light. The ICC and the ECB, however, have changed only at the start of the match.