Player-turned-commentator David Lloyd, in a recent Sky Sports podcast, recalled England’s famous Test triumph over Pakistan in Karachi in 2000. The aforementioned game was also Pakistan’s first Test loss at the National Stadium, Karachi.
The contest looked set to be heading towards a draw like the 2 games before it, however, the Men in Green suffered a massive collapse on the final day five, losing their remaining 6 wickets for just 30 runs.
The Three Lions would then go onto chase 176 runs in dramatic fashion, to register their first series win in Pakistan since 1961/62.
Lloyd, who was joined by former England cricketers Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain in the podcast, lauded umpire Steve Bucknor for not paying heed to Pakistan’s appeals to call off the game and continuing with the match under fading lights.
“I was working on commentary for that. They would never do that today; they would never play in those conditions and that light. Pakistan knew they were going to lose the game and they got into delaying tactics – as any team would – but umpire Steve Bucknor was saying, ‘I know what you’re up to, but we’re staying out here’,” said Lloyd.
“The fielders were running the wrong way, England were getting more frenetic, and Bucknor just kept them out there. They kept looking and appealing to him, but I thought it was a brilliant piece of umpiring. It was a great, dramatic game to work on, it must have been great for the players as well, but hats off to Bucknor because he kept them out there. They would never ever stay out in those conditions right now,” he added.
Hussain also sided with Lloyd’s allegations about the Pakistanis attempted to kill time time in order to avoid a likely defeat.
“Everything Bumble says was spot on,” said Hussain.
“We had Inzi running in the wrong direction at deep cover. We had Steve Bucknor saying to Moin, ‘Whatever you do, however much you slow this game down Moin [Khan, Pakistan captain], we are finishing it off.’ By the time we got upstairs on that balcony, it was pitch black, unbelievable scenes. For us it was just a boring Test series, but you can imagine it made good viewing at home, here in England.” he added.