The fourth day’s play of the fourth Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) came to an early close thanks to umpire’s decision of going off due to ‘bad light’ despite protests from fielding team.
The day saw only 25.2 overs being bowled thanks to delays caused by rainfall. India had bowled out Australia for 300 and enforced the follow-on. Australia openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja came out to bat, but could only face six overs in the second innings, before the umpires signaled for an early Tea due to bad light.
Michael Clarke said, "I think it's a disgrace to our game. I think it's sad for Test cricket. We are trying to keep as many eyes on the television and people paying their money to go and watch Test cricket but this is not helping. This is the last thing Test cricket can afford to have no rain yet you still can't play.”
"Millions of dollars are being spent on stadiums all around the world, you got the best lights in the world yet you can't get back out on the field. It's disgraceful for our game and quite embarrassing, to be honest," Clarke said
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar echoed the sentiments and said, "This has happened on a Sunday. Tomorrow being a Monday, not many people will be able to come and watch the match. Once it's raining we can understand that there is no play. There has to be something done about this because as Michael said 'you played a day-night game', ok the color of the ball is different but something needs to be done."
"Where is the question of batsman suffering a serious injury? They have all the protection in the world. Some thought needs to be put because this is the pinnacle of the sport. We have got to get the threshold of where the umpires decide the light is really poor," the former India captain added.
As per reports, the audience at the ground were seen throwing shades from their cell phones, prompting the authorities to start the play, later on.
Here are some reactions from other members of cricket fraternity: