Mount Isa cricket players hopes of playing during the cooler night time temperatures have been squashed.
This comes after the Mount Isa City Council installed floodlights directly behind where the bowlers arm would be during a match.
The new installation breaches Cricket Australia's guidelines for floodlight positioning and therefore fails a risk assessment - deeming all night time play unsafe.
In Mount Isa City Council's defence, a spokesperson said the lights were not installed for competition purposes.
"The lights at Captain James Cook Park and Sunset Oval were installed to cater to the needs of multiple sports codes and recreational users, and the amount of illumination was chosen to be suitable for training and practice purposes only," a spokesperson said.
"These are free public facilities and have not been designed for competition-level events. Council understands that Mount Isa Cricket's games are exclusively carried out during daylight hours. The association also does not have any formal arrangements with Council in terms of the use of either oval."
Panther's cricket club batsman Nick Donker wasn't happy with the outcome of the new floodlights.
"It's just such a shame because our competition had spoken about playing night cricket for some time due to the extreme temperatures we face during the day in summer," Donker said.
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