Fri, Nov 17, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Pakistan captain calls for six-day Tests

AP , LAHORE, PAKISTAN

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has suggested that six-day Test matches be staged in Punjab Province during the winter season after nearly 60 overs of play was lost due to fading light in the first cricket Test against the West Indies.

"We lost at least 15 overs a day because of poor natural light and I think now it's time that we should start playing six-day Test matches in those cities where the sun sets early," Inzamam said yesterday.

Only an hour's play was possible in the last session on all the four days of the first Test match in Lahore, which Pakistan won by nine wickets on Tuesday.

Even half an hour's early start to the Test match -- that extended the first session to 2 1/2 hours -- was not enough to get the scheduled 90 overs a day as natural light got poor after 4pm local time.

"If we play a six-day Test match with 75-overs-a-day during the winter season, it won't put pressure on the teams and it will be good for cricket," Inzamam said. "Unless the Test matches are result-oriented, it's difficult to pull crowds at stadiums."

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