Cricket's governing body on Monday said it was considering the use of
non-red coloured balls in Test matches to avoid the scenario that arose in the
first match between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi last week.
England were denied a dramatic win on the
fifth and final day on Saturday, falling short by 25 runs in chasing 99 when
umpires called off play eight overs earlier due to bad light.
England captain Alastair Cook had shown
frustration on not moving 1-0 up in the three-match series but head coach
Trevor Bayliss accepted that it was according to the rules.
Under the rules on-field umpires have the
sole right of calling off play if they deem light unfit for play.
The International Cricket Council (ICC)
chief executive David Richards admitted the issue of playing in bad light was
"There is no doubt that this is one of
those issues that cricket is faced with historically and we have not found a
solution to it," Richardson told journalists in a briefing.
"We are pinning some hopes on
developing a different colour ball, pink ball at this stage, if we could use
that for the day/night Test cricket and if it stays in a decent enough
Australia and New Zealand will play with a
pink ball in the first-ever day-night Test in Adelaide next month.
Richardson said that tests had been
conducted on pink balls to ascertain their suitability.
"Whether it could be good enough
quality and does not change the game too much from the swing point of view then
long term it might be that we can use that different coloured ball in all
matches and in that case it will help solve that problem."
Richardson said that there had been efforts
to solve the problem in the past, but that these had been rejected by the