Legends Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis have voiced their disapproval at the use of two new balls in one-day international (ODI) cricket following a series of big totals.
Tendulkar, who retired as the highest run-scorer in the history of the format, tweeted that having two fresh pieces of leather in each innings “is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse (swing)”.
Supporting his call the former Pakistan bowler, a master of reverse swing himself in his playing days, tweeted that he “totally agreed” with Tendulkar.
“Reason why we don’t produce many attacking fast bowlers..They all very defensive in their approach,” he said.
He added: “reverse swing is almost vanished..#SAD”.
The duo have come out with their opinion days after Eoin Morgan’s England side set a new ODI record, scoring 481-6 against Australia at Nottingham.
On Thursday, the trend continued as England chased down Australia’s 310 with ease.
Having 2 new balls in one day cricket is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse. We haven’t seen reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time. #ENGvsAUS
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 21, 2018
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