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Ash wants rethink on bad light.

ASHLEY Giles believes the issue of bad light in first-class cricket needs "to be looked at" with some form of technology employed to prevent reliance on use of the naked eye.

Giles fully supported the decision of umpires Jeff Evans and Peter Hartley to take the players off late on the final day of Warwickshire's game with Yorkshire as they were simply applying the rules. But those rules are far from perfect, reckons the Bears' director of cricket.

"I can't argue with the umpires' decision because it was dark," Giles said.

"But I do think there are issues with the light that need to be looked at.

"I am not saying this about Saturday's game because I think they were right to come off.

"But not using light meters and only using the naked eye is strange in this era.

"It is a professional game now and surely there has to be a system that works and which will say that the light is too bad and that play won't start again until it improves.

"It was frustrating for everybody on Saturday but once it got dark it was going to be a struggle.

"It was a shame, especially for the spectators, because it could have been a really good finish.

"But the umpires made a good point, that they have to go with what the regulations say.

"Yorkshire needed to win and we wanted to win and it would have been a good finish but the umpires nowadays take it out of your hands and that's the way it is.

"If someone gets hurt out there then the umpires are going to take it in the neck."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 5, 2011
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