The legendary cricketer and former Indian team captain Sunil Gavaskar has slammed Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) suggestion to standardized the balls used in Test Cricket. MCC recommended that the ball used in test matches should be standardized to one manufacturer which will take away the challenge of playing cricket in overseas conditions.
During an event in Mumbai, Gavaskar criticized the idea of standardization by saying, “Now we are hearing that MCC is talking about standardizing the ball, you might as well standardize the pitches, you might as well standardize the bat, you might as well standardize everything…What’s the big deal in playing cricket… whole idea of going overseas and winning because you are playing in different conditions”. He feels that the qualities of a good cricketer are best tested when they do well in overseas locations in completely unfamiliar conditions. At present SG balls have been used by Indian Cricket Team while other countries like Australia and South Africa use Kookaburra and Dukes have been used by England and West Indies.
Star player like Indian skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin also express their preferences about the ball that should be used in cricket, both gave their votes to red Dukes. R Ashwin also criticized the SG balls used in India for their wear and tear nature. “The opinion of the top cricketers would be taken into account if the decision is to be final,” said MCC.
The World Cricket Committee of MCC known as the custodian of game’s law has proposed the use of a standard ball in the inaugural World Test Championship, which takes place after the World Cup 2019 which is starting from May 30 and will continue till July 14.