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India, WI call for floodlights in Tests

Press Trust Of India
Nov 15, 2011 at 10:07pm IST

Kolkata: With bad light robbing the teams off an hour and nine minutes of play on the second day of the second Test at the Eden Gardens, both the Indian and West Indian players have vouched for the use of floodlights in the longer version of the game if necessary.

Former West Indies skipper and now manager of the national side Richie Richardson feels technology, in any form, should be used if available.

"I believe in technology. Anything that can assist the game is always welcome. If there are lights, why not use it?" Richardson asked.

India, WI back use of floodlights in Tests

India's Virender Sehwag watches umpires Rod Tucker, right, and Bruce Oxenford measuring light during the second day of the second Test between India and West Indies in Kolkata on Tuesday (AP Photo)

"People want to see cricket. You don't want to be on and off (the field) with light getting a bit low. It affects the concentration and you start thinking negative. You start making comparisons. I fully support the use of lights in Test cricket."

VVS Laxman, who scored an unbeaten 176 - his 17th Test century - to guide India to a massive 631-7 declared in their first innings against the Caribbean side, also welcomed the idea but said it would be a bit difficult to spot the red ball under floodlights.

"I always felt the need for it (playing under floodlights if needed). It's quite challenging. It's never the same as natural light. It's always challenging to play under lights, especially against red balls and when the shadows are around," he said.

Only 75.5 overs in total were possible on Tuesday as in the first session lunch was taken 19 minutes before scheduled time, while the final quarter had to be cut short by 50 minutes.

India declared their innings after 151.2 overs while the West Indies were 34-2 after 12 overs when play had to be stopped because of bad light, forcing the umpires to call for an early start by half-an-hour to Day Three's proceedings.

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