England batsman Zak Crawley has acknowledged fans' frustrations regarding no play due to bad light but fears life-changing injuries can occur under low visibility.
Intermittent rain has affected play on all days of the ongoing Test between Pakistan and England at the Ageas Bowl with the issue of bad light coming to the spotlight on Friday and Saturday.
Only 40 overs could be bowled on the second day of the match as proceedings came to an early close over bad light despite the ground floodlights switched on full beam.
Amidst the overcast conditions, Mohammad Rizwan did not seem to be much troubled as he sculpted a brilliant 60 not out on the bowler-friendly surface.
When asked about the frequent delays and lack of action in the game, Crawley expressed mixed emotions on the umpires' decision to prioritise players' safety.
“Definitely frustrating,” the 22-year-old said. “You always want the game moving forward, especially when I’d like a bat. But I was at deep square when a couple of balls got hit out and I didn’t see them at all really."
“I don’t know if anyone else was feeling the same. It’s a difficult one, if someone cops one on the head because they didn’t see the ball in the field or a batsman cops one on the arm and misses the rest of the series, that’s life-changing.
“It hasn’t happened in this game yet but who’s to say if we come out and it’s dark someone doesn’t break their arm or gets hit in the head by a cricket ball?
“It’s a difficult balance. It’s not for me to say if it’s too dark. It’s the umpires’ responsibility to look after the players.”
Crawley's concerns voice an important point absent from the vehement bashing of fans that the organisers have been facing during the time of no play in the Southampton clash.
Former England captain Mike Atherton, however, still insisted play could continue under floodlights.
“I think eventually what we’ll get to in cricket is just a simple regulation that, where there’s a ground with floodlights, bad light does not apply. We’re not there yet," he said on Sky Sports.