Ground Weather and Light - Page 23

9.0 LIGHT Umpires are called upon to make a judgement as to whether the light is suitable for play to start, continue or resume. The test is the same as that for ground conditions caused by weather: is it dangerous, ie is there an actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire? The same degree of care is needed to reach the decision. With light, as with ground conditions, the umpires should err on the side of caution. Before play can start, continue or resume, both umpires must agree the light is sufficient that conditions are not dangerous or unreasonable. Once it becomes clear that the players and/or the umpires are/will be unable to pick up the flight of the ball (taking into account its pace) soon and clearly enough, the conditions should be regarded as dangerous and play should be suspended or should not start or resume. For example, if the bowler’s end umpire begins to have difficulty in following the path of the ball as it reaches the striker, that should trigger a careful consideration and discussion of light conditions with his colleague. To come to a conclusion about the suitability of the light conditions, both umpires should be mindful of their own ability to view the ball from their normal positions. They should also watch the reactions of the batsmen and fielders carefully, taking into account the pace of the bowling. 21 92018 ECB Ground Weather and Light.indd 23 15/03/2016 15:58