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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

‘It should be banned’: Dukes boss sparks debate in Aussie-Pakistani series

“Pakistan is so terrified that the games are ending earlier that they are calling for the game to go on longer.

“Pakistan has a relatively new regime with Ramiz Raja as chairman and he is a very experienced man. But he came, and I don’t know who influenced him.”

Dukes balls were introduced to the Sheffield Shield in 2016 by Cricket Australia to help players better prepare for Ashes’ UK tour.

But Kookaburra balls are now the Sheffield Shield ball of choice again and are widely used throughout Australia.

There were positive reviews for the Kookaburra ball during the recent Ashes series in Australia and it has been used by countless teams over many decades.

However, Jajodia is a firm believer that machine-stitched balls should not be.

“A machine-stitched ball is very easy to make and, frankly, I think it should be banned from international cricket,” Jajodia said. “A hand-stitched ball takes three and a half man-hours to make, while a machine-stitched ball takes an hour and a half. A machine-sewn ball is about 50 percent more expensive than mine.

“When you play with a machine-stitched ball, it is only held together by the middle two rows, and once you start playing with it, the outer two rows flatten out after hitting the deck and bat. After about 20 overs, the rudder is gone and the tension is completely gone, so it becomes soft.

“Therefore, on a dead field, you have nothing. If you look at the ball after 80 overs, you’ll think the dog was playing with it on the playground.

“With a hand-sewn ball, all six rows move back and forth, holding the ball together. The mesh of threads at the bottom, going back and forth, makes the seam act more like a rudder, so it’s more conducive to aerodynamics and also creates bounce or wobble.”

The third test starts in Lahore on Monday, and both teams are keen to ensure that the historic streak does not end with another boring 0-0 draw.

White-ball series moved to Lahore

Four Australian white ball matches due to take place after the third Test in Lahore have been rescheduled from Rawalpindi due to rising political tensions.

Instead, tourists will play three one-day international tournaments and T20 from March 29 to April 5 in Lahore.


As reported earlier this week, the PCB has been working on contingency plans to move the fixtures after a massive rally was organized in front of Parliament House in Islamabad later this month.

Prime Minister Imran Khan received a vote of no confidence from his supporters, which could lead to political unrest.

Cricket Australia and PCB decided it would be safer to play matches in Lahore.

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