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Two balls in ODIs could hurt bowlers - Aaqib Javed

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 14, 2011

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Pakistan's assistant coach Aaqib Javed has said bowlers will struggle to produce reverse-swing following the recent rule-change in ODIs mandating the usage of two new balls, one from each end.

"Bowlers will now have to focus on conventional swing," Aaqib said. "I think the overall advantage goes to the new-ball bowlers. In terms of reverse swing, [only] some pitches can alter the condition of the ball so as to aid bowlers at the death. That's when they can take advantage and produce some reverse swing."

After its annual conference in June, the ICC had announced the usage of two balls in one-dayers, and also restricted batting and bowling Powerplays to the period between the 16th and the 40th over.

Aaqib also said the ongoing training camp in Lahore for fast bowlers has helped identify potential talent for the national side.

"There are various bowlers in our domestic circuit, who are taking wickets regularly. We are keeping an eye on their attitude, fitness, discipline and their approach [at the camp]," he said. "Through this method, we have realised that some of them are not fit to play international cricket."

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Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

Has everyone forgotten about the spinners? The balls will take a while to start wearing out, putting spinners at a slight disadvantage too.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

its a stupid stupid rule... will be difficult to manage... can you imagine if the balls get mixed up... can you imagine the arguments! as usual the ICC fails! sort the balls out and USE ONE BALL PER GAME! NOT DIFFICULT!!!!!!

Posted by MyComments on (July 15, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

I fully agree with Aaqib, it is a biased rule change in favor of batsmans.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

aaqib is right reverse swing is trade mark for especially Pakistani fast bowlers and it will not be easy with 2 new balls in a 50 over innings

Posted by   on (July 15, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

I THINK PAKISTANI BOWLER WILL STILL DO REVERSE SWING LIKE UMAR GUL WAS DOING IN T2O GAMES. IT WILL BE GOOD BECAUSE BOWL IS CHANGING AFTER 34 OVERS BUT NOW THE BALLS WILL NOT CHANGE AND FOR BATSMEN THEY HAVE TO PLAY 20 OVERS INSTAED OF 10,,,,SO MORE CHANCE FOR NEW BALL BOWLERS.

Posted by khurramsch on (July 15, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

most of odi rules are batsman centered, power plays, free hits, this one. now only new ball overs will be important not end with old ball.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

Aaqib is correct. I really feel the decision is Bias towards the subcontinental players. We have nothing in our pitches except the reverse swing and that also being cut means that we will not see any more Waqars/Guls in the Pakistani team. Pathetic decision.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

added conventional swing is a bonus for bowlers, reverse swing is not neccesary.

Posted by SLOGOUTSLOGOUTSLOGOUT on (July 14, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

Good Article THANX CRICINFO.

Posted by AmmarHussainSidhu on (July 14, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

Yes i m agree with u but Pakistan nation give u responsibility to train bowlers, Waqar and u are both Pakistan great fast bowlers now trained Pakistan young bowlers. Ammar Hussain Sidhu

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