LAHORE: Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has suggested that six-day Tests 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 on Thursday. Only an hour's play was possible in the last session on all the four days of the Test.
Even half an hour's early start 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 4 p.m. local time.
``If we play a six-day Test 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 in crowds at stadiums.''
The second Test of the three-match series will be played in Inzamam's hometown Multan from Sunday, while the third will be played at the southern city of Karachi from November 27.
``I think we won't be facing the problem of 90 overs a day in Karachi because natural light remains good there till late in the evening,'' Inzamam said.
``But it's better if the International Cricket Council implements a six-day Test match in those cities where the sun sets early.''
Pakistan has been facing the problem of 90-overs-a-day five-day Test matches for a number of years during its home cricketing season in the winter.
Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shaharyar Khan, last year also suggested six-day Test matches in winter after poor light in the evening curtailed overs during the home series against England. AP