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Alec Stewart
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banner Monday, 30 October, 2000, 06:18 GMT
Stewart attacks Pakistan one-dayers
Alec Stewart
Stewart is unhappy at the conditions for day-night games

England wicket-keeper Alec Stewart has called the conditions "diabolical" in Pakistan and believes that the problems of playing day-night matches in the Indian-sub continent will have to be addressed.

Heavy dew in the first game at Karachi forced the second game in Lahore to be put forward by two hours to prevent the ball being affected by the outfield water which in turn affected the performances of the bowlers on show.

England then suffered from the clusters of flies which surrounded them when fielding in the evening, forcing the likes of Darren Gough and Craig White to wear sunglasses to avoid being hit by the insects.


"The conditions the other night were the most uncomfortable I've ever played in," said Stewart.

"They have a dew problem here and there are also the flies, you can't just put lights up for the sake of it and play games in these type of conditions.

"In the first game, Pakistan couldn't grip the ball because of the dew and when we bowled the other night, the dew was there again and the flies were diabolical.

"I know the batsmen had to put up with those conditions as well, but you shouldn't have to play in them. The conditions have to be good, not just for the players but for the people watching as well."

here were millions of flies out there and Goughie even tried wearing sun-glasses
  England wicket-keeper
Alec Stewart

Stewart also criticised the the lights during the day-night series held in England last year during the triangular tournament which also involved Zimbawe and the West Indies.

"I said after the day-night matches we had at home that I didn't think the lighting was good enough and hopefully something will happen there, and if day-night conditions don't work in any particular country, no matter which it is, then they shouldn't be played," he added.

"If they get the lights right in England then there is no reason why they shouldn't play day-nighters, but don't just play these games for the sake of it.

"In Lahore, there were millions of flies out there and Goughie even tried wearing sun-glasses, but I couldn't as wicketkeeper because it alters the light when you put them on."

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Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram agreed with Stewart's sentiments.

"We had flies like that in a match two or three years ago and they sprayed the whole ground during the interval and they went away," he said.

"If they had asked the players the other night, we would have suggested doing the same again."

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