KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Cricket Operations Haroon Rasheed on Friday defended the Board’s decision to use duke balls in domestic cricket.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final here at National Stadium, Haroon said: “It’s a normal ball, although a bit hard. It retains the shine for long.“The batsmen are to fight different things in international cricket. Sometimes they get good pitches and sometimes bad. They need to adapt themselves to every condition,” the former test cricketer said.
“So far the result of the ball is good. If the ball is good then we will use it in our international home series,” Haroon said.“Obviously there are many things which surface during a domestic event. As far as the duke ball is concerned so for the last few years the balls which were being used in our domestic cricket came under debate,” he said. “In order to resolve the issue we contacted Duke and Sons, the manufacturers in England. They assured us that the balls would not lose shape quickly. So we imported those balls. Batsmen say they are facing problems but as I am witnessing the match I don’t see any problem,” Haroon said.
He said that Pakistan’s head coach had also praised the ball. “The issues are that it has pronounced seam and is hard. Even during the tournament I talked to the manufacturers and told them that the fibre could be made thinner. This ball is also being used in West Indies and England. Even in Australia’s domestic cricket such balls are used.
“I think it’s a bit early for the players to complain,” he said.About pitches he said a committee had been constituted which had talked about renovation of 11 or 12 first-class grounds. “So we prepared pitches in those venues afresh. We put on them new soil. Due to the tours of the World XI and Sri Lanka we had to begin Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in September instead of October so the tracks did not get more time,” he said.
However, he was quick to add that for the next season pitches would be prepared under a uniform policy.He also said that for the next season measures would be taken to prepare a better domestic schedule keeping in view Pakistan’s engagement in international cricket.
“We will also try to announce it well before the season,” Haroon said.To a question he said that the PCB could not disturb its domestic T20 for Pakistan Super League (PSL).“If we drop our domestic T20 then from where will we get players for PSL?” he asked.He said that only 56 players play in the PSL, while National T20 was the platform for those cricketers who don’t find places in the PSL.