Pak players slam 'sub-standard' Kookaburra balls used in domestic T20 tournament
The introduction of Kookaburra balls to domestic Twenty20 cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been slammed by many national team players who claimed the balls were of poor quality and were sub-standard.
The players' opinion consists of complaints that the balls are not even close to the original Kookaburra balls they have played with in the past and regular complaints range from the ball losing colour or leather peeling off earlier than expected.
"The balls used in the National Twenty20 Cup are not even close to the quality of the original Kookaburra balls," The Express Tribune quoted a national team player, as saying.
"Original balls used in international cricket survive 50 overs. It's ridiculous that a ball, which costs over Rs10,000, can't even last 20 overs. The fielders working on the ball throughout the innings then have to work on the new one again," the player added.
Another international player said that the PCB should lodge a formal complaint with the manufacturers, and added that there were complaints in the past that 'B-grade' or defected balls were provided at the camps in the National Cricket Academy.
Meanwhile, PCB's domestic cricket officials have stressed that while genuine balls are being used in the event, they were surprised how quickly the balls went out of use.
"It is shocking even for us that the Kookaburra balls used in this event hasn't responded well as we were hoping," said a PCB official.
The official added that a report would be generated after the tournament which will be sent to the manufacturers along with samples.
"We're paying Rs 12,000 per ball and we need to ensure that we don't get complaints in the future," the official said.