Pakistan news October 21, 2012

Kookaburra balls for Pakistan domestic cricket

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The PCB has decided to use Kookaburra balls in domestic cricket from the ongoing season to keep with international standards. The imported balls were used in domestic competitions from 2000 until 2007, when the Ijaz Butt-led administration encouraged the use of locally-manufactured balls.

The decision came after the PCB's Executive Coordination Committee (ECC) met with the national coaching staff, captain, and chief selector to discuss various areas of improvement for the Pakistan team.

"It was agreed that domestic cricket requires improvements in fielding, fitness, application of technique and other areas," the PCB said. "The ECC has unanimously decided to use Kookaburra balls in both first-class and domestic limited-overs cricket. It has also been decided that during the national camps, the same brand of cricket balls used for practice will be used in that particular tour."

The Kookaburra ball will be used from the fifth round of the President's Trophy, starting November 2. The players will continue to use the Grays ball for the fourth round, which starts on Sunday. However, the PCB director Javed Miandad was against the idea of using imported balls, but was out voted when the ECC invited Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, coach Dav Whatmore, fast-bowling coach Mohammad Akram and chief selector Iqbal Qasim for the meeting.

Some PCB members were reportedly unhappy with the quality of the locally manufactured balls, following complaints from players over the last two seasons. The balls were said to have hard leather, causing player injuries while fielding, and on occasions tore within 20 overs in first-class games. However, the chief executive of Grays, Khawar Anwar Khawaja, brushed aside the reports. Grays have been supplying balls to the PCB since 1973.

"We are extremely unhappy as ultimately the PCB is denting Pakistan's own industry by giving preference to the imported balls," Khawaja told ESPNcricinfo. "We are always flexible towards complaints, ready to talk and produce the best ball according to their demands. I agree there were complaints about the hardness of the ball two years back because we were asked to make machine-made balls and it obviously takes time for it to mature."

The white Kookaburra balls are used in one-day internationals, while the red one is used in Tests in most nations apart from India (SG) and England (Duke).

Miandad had objected to the use of imported balls while announcing the revamped domestic season last month.

"It is just an unwanted debate to have a Kookaburra ball assuming that it will enhance the quality of cricket," Miandad said. "Quality actually lies with the bowler and batsman. We have produced legendary bowlers who used locally made cricket balls. To me it's just an excuse to have a Kookaburra or Duke ball. It will only increase the costs and nothing else."

Pakistan have no home series until October 2013. However, they are scheduled to tour India, Zimbabwe, West Indies and England (Champions Trophy), where they are likely to use the Kookaburra ball.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • sherkhan82 on October 24, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Why not we work on the standard of our local made ball to an extent so that we can compete with kookaburra. I am sure we can make both the parties happy with such amendment.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on October 23, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    i can see both sides of logic and point of view. kookaburra balls will definitley cost more than grays. but it will be better in longer run for players coming from club level up. might i suggest for grays to try and better their balls by comparing to the kooka?

  • on October 23, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    gud decision by PCB............................................................................................................................................................................

  • MHasnainK on October 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Our local balls do too much. They make the bowler look better than he is.

  • Bay-Lagaam on October 22, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Very good decision by PCB ... this step must needed to be taken.. it will help youngster to deal with Kooka before getting in to international cricket.... kooka was dicontinued in 2007 and it caused too much to our young fast bowlers... why disagreed board members cant see tht Pakistan did not generate any genuine fast bowler since thn.... there is a big difference of the seam in both bowls so its better to stick with ICCs approved ball thn locally made...

  • sherkhan82 on October 24, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Why not we work on the standard of our local made ball to an extent so that we can compete with kookaburra. I am sure we can make both the parties happy with such amendment.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on October 23, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    i can see both sides of logic and point of view. kookaburra balls will definitley cost more than grays. but it will be better in longer run for players coming from club level up. might i suggest for grays to try and better their balls by comparing to the kooka?

  • on October 23, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    gud decision by PCB............................................................................................................................................................................

  • MHasnainK on October 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Our local balls do too much. They make the bowler look better than he is.

  • Bay-Lagaam on October 22, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Very good decision by PCB ... this step must needed to be taken.. it will help youngster to deal with Kooka before getting in to international cricket.... kooka was dicontinued in 2007 and it caused too much to our young fast bowlers... why disagreed board members cant see tht Pakistan did not generate any genuine fast bowler since thn.... there is a big difference of the seam in both bowls so its better to stick with ICCs approved ball thn locally made...

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  • Bay-Lagaam on October 22, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Very good decision by PCB ... this step must needed to be taken.. it will help youngster to deal with Kooka before getting in to international cricket.... kooka was dicontinued in 2007 and it caused too much to our young fast bowlers... why disagreed board members cant see tht Pakistan did not generate any genuine fast bowler since thn.... there is a big difference of the seam in both bowls so its better to stick with ICCs approved ball thn locally made...

  • MHasnainK on October 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Our local balls do too much. They make the bowler look better than he is.

  • on October 23, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    gud decision by PCB............................................................................................................................................................................

  • Cricket_theBestGame on October 23, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    i can see both sides of logic and point of view. kookaburra balls will definitley cost more than grays. but it will be better in longer run for players coming from club level up. might i suggest for grays to try and better their balls by comparing to the kooka?

  • sherkhan82 on October 24, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Why not we work on the standard of our local made ball to an extent so that we can compete with kookaburra. I am sure we can make both the parties happy with such amendment.