Waqar Younis advocates for using one brand of cricket ball in Tests


Lahore: Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis recommended the International Cricket Council (ICC) using one brand of cricket ball in Tests across the world. 

In his blog published on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s website, Younis wrote that bowlers face difficulties to adjust bowling with different brand balls when they play around the world.

“The Dukes ball that is used in England stays harder for longer than most other balls, which made the saliva issue less of a problem. I have been a big advocate of the Dukes ball for many years but I feel that only one brand of the ball should be used around the world for Test cricket. It doesn’t matter which brand but the ICC should make that decision,” he highlighted.

On the other hand, Waqar talked about young Pakistani pacers who have talent but lack experience. “Our bowlers have the talent, now they just need to play more cricket, particularly first-class cricket. We have to identify those bowlers who are best suited to Test cricket and willing to play the longer version of the game,” he wrote.

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“We have seen already that Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are wonderful bowlers. Mohammad Musa, who was part of the squad in England, is another, and there are a couple in the under-19s also. Of course, Mohammad Abbas is very seasoned and experienced. We will keep trying to give them the opportunities,” he underlined.

Waqar sees a bright future of Pakistan’s cricket as far as the fast bowling department is concerned.

“Fast bowling is hard work and it cannot be learned overnight. We all need to be patient with these guys. They have hunger, attitude, and desire and I have got full confidence that they are the future of Pakistan cricket if they carry on the hard work. Continue getting fitter and the skills will blossom,” he reiterated.

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