Maxwell calls light shows at 2023 World Cup stadiums ‘dumbest idea’

Written by Mohan Sharma

Following his record-breaking century against the Netherlands, Glenn Maxwell reserved another explosive outpouring – this time off-the-field – as he criticised the mid-match light show organized by the World Cup authorities during Australia’s massive 309-run victory. Known as ‘The Big Show’ for his aggressive batting, Maxwell wasn’t a fan of the two-minute spectacle that transformed New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley stadium into a virtual nightclub with flashing lights and pulsating beats while the Netherlands were chasing a daunting 400-run target.

Maxwell expressed his dislike for the light show, citing a prior experience at Perth Stadium during a Big Bash game, saying it gave him severe headaches and took time for his eyes to adjust.

“I had something like that light show happen at Perth Stadium during a Big Bash game,” Maxwell said after recording the fastest century in 50-over World Cup history.

“I just felt like it gave me shocking headaches and it takes me a while for my eyes to re-adjust and I just think it’s the dumbest idea for cricketers.

“So I just try and cover up as much as I possibly can and ignore it but it’s a horrible, horrible idea. Great for the fans, horrible for the players.”

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