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What is bad light meaning in Cricket?: Professional cricket has many technical points. We as audiences just watch it for fun. Most cricket lovers might have knowledge about bad light in cricket. But many are unaware of the concept. Today, in this article, we are going to learn Bad light in cricket and how does it affect the game in detail.

Cricket is an outdoor game that is supposed to be played in natural light. Bad light in cricket is referred to a certain condition when there is not enough natural sunlight on the ground and due to this, the game cannot continue. It affects the test cricket matches. The red ball is used in the test match and it becomes very difficult to judge the speed of the ball as it is reflected.

Bad light is determined by using a light meter. It is used by the umpire in a situation when light conditions are deteriorating. After testing the light conditions, the umpire decides the continuation of the game.

When the weather conditions are dark and gloomy, players are unable to sight the ball. The ball that is used in the match required an optimum level of brightness to judge its speed. As a result of this, many times, we have seen the umpire stops the game in the middle, wait for a change in the weather conditions, and then resume the game.

There is a specific range that gets record in the light meter. If the reading drops below that range, the game is stopped.

Using a light meter is a new system, earlier, the umpire used to consult the players about sight the ball coming from the opposite team. Also, the umpire discusses with the opposition team to bawl their spinners to continue the game. In the end, it was a batsman’s decision whether the match should be suspended or to be continued?

Why does bad light do stops the game in test cricket?

In Test cricket, players use a hard red ball. If there is not proper sunlight on the ground, it is arduous to sight the ball coming from the bawler. Sometimes, it can result in physical injury to batsmen, wicket-keeper, or fielders. In this case, by player’s safety is on top priority. It could be dangerous to play in unsuitable weather circumstances. This is the reason that umpire stops the match and wait to improve the light conditions that are suitable for the game. 

There is always a question that for how long the umpire can suspend the game? If they don’t find an improvement in the natural light? As weather conditions are unpredictable. In countries like England where the weather changes its conditions are very unsure. Then the match has to be called off due to bad light. 

In 2021, the match between India and New Zealand has taken multiple stops in the middle of the game due to bad light rule. It was the final of the World Test Champion. Many other tournaments also have to face this situation where teams were dissatisfied with the decision of winning and losing match after being called off.

The ultimate alternative to removing the bad light rule

Many experts suggested to ICC that, whenever the situation arises where bad light conditions occur due to nature’s behavior, then they should continue the game with the help of floodlights. The traditional cricket floodlights are mounted on the top of a poll in a stadium. Some stadiums have lower-mounted floodlights.

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