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    Should the laws regarding bad light and rain be reviewed?

    There has been a lot of displeasure expressed on this board over the last few days regarding the amount of time lost to bad light/rain. The light, though, has been far from total darkness and the rain has been light. Fans are paying 65 for tickets at Lord's (though not today) and this works out at more than a pound an over if you went on Thursday.

    Should umpires prolong play as much as possible, or are they already doing so? Are the laws as they are correct, or do they need reviewing to ensure that test matches finish with a result wherever possible.
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    IMO it's very difficult to review the rain rules, but the bad light rule should be scrapped. Unless it gets to the point where it is actually dangerous to the batsman or fielders to continue playing, they should keep going.

    And I dunno WTF is going on with this ridiculous rule about finishing at 7pm whatever happens, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble View Post
    IMO it's very difficult to review the rain rules, but the bad light rule should be scrapped. Unless it gets to the point where it is actually dangerous to the batsman or fielders to continue playing, they should keep going.

    And I dunno WTF is going on with this ridiculous rule about finishing at 7pm whatever happens, either.

    It's so the players can have a shower then watch Coronation Street

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    Going off in drizzle like this is just ridiculous. It's one thing if it's pissing down, but half the time it's just absurd, as is the bad light rule. Get out there and play ffs.
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    What's the specific rule on rain?

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    I think that the 7pm rule is in place because of broadcasters' push to keep play within certain times so that it can all be shown live. For example, if the over rates are slow, it might push into other programming - so whether they leave early for normal programming, or stay with the cricket, there are always complaints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    It's so the players can have a shower then watch Coronation Street


    Dire show, TBH.

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    The reason why you have to go off during drizzle is because it can make the pitch wet and make it unsafe for bowlers, who can slide during their landing stride, very important to go off.

    The light is a hard one, because if the light is poor the ball can be hard for the batsman to pick off the pitch, moreso than out of the hand. However, I do think they do go off a little too early for the sake of light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble View Post


    Dire show, TBH.
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    In general, bad light is the most exaggerated thing in cricket.

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    I don't really have much of a problem with the current arrangements when there's bad light or rain about, as long as they're applied consistently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Heathen!!!
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    Personally I don't have a problem with either rule - what I have a problem with is the fact that orange balls and floodlights can't be used when the light is poor. Ball-changes happen all the time, it's not remotely difficult to swap a red ball for an orange one "in similar condition" if the light demands. But the poor TV producers can't use colour monitors. No, no, have to be black-and-white.

    If you want to fix rain, though - only one way, put a roof on the stadium. And that being a costly business, it ain't happening any time soon.

    In any case, me, I'd just like to see a statutory minimum overs in a Test, where you cannot have a draw until those overs have been bowled. 450 would seem the sensible figure. And you play however many days it takes to bowl those overs, and no slow over-rates can take time out.

    That, of course, would not be easy to schedule, but the schedules have enough absurdities as it is, and I don't think many would dispute that they're too tight as things are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    In general, bad light is the most exaggerated thing in cricket.
    Too right. Look at the WC final - the Sri Lankan tail enders were able to survive against Australia!! What's wrong with these blokes? Get out there and have a go, fgs.
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