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Gavaskar slams MCC proposal of one ball in Tests, says unfortunate it's being taken seriously

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former Thursday slammed the MCC's recommendation that single-make balls be used in Test cricket, saying that it would be "unfortunate" if the suggestion, which will take away the challenge of playing in overseas conditions, is considered seriously.

The World Committee of the Marylebone Club (MCC), called the of the game's laws, has proposed the use of a standard ball in the inaugural World Test Championship, which takes place after in May-July.

"Now we are hearing that they (MCC) are taking about standardising the ball, you might as well standardize the pitches, you might as well standardise the bat, you might as well standardise everything...What's the big deal in playing .. (there is this) whole idea of going overseas and winning... because you are playing in different conditions," said Gavaskar at the launch of 'So Sorry Gully Cricket' app.

"That (MCC) is like or the in Kolkata or in Chennai. It is pretty similar to that, the MCC is saying our committee should (be) listened to (more than the) And unfortunately a lot of people take them seriously," he added.

At the moment, SG ball is used in India, Dukes in England and the West Indies, and Kookaburra in other countries including and

Players have expressed their ball preference in recent times, including and premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. They gave their vote to the red Dukes.

A shot clock to prevent time wasting and free hit for a no ball are among the other steps proposed by the MCC to spice up the longest format.

Gavaskar said playing in home and overseas conditions form the essence of

"I personally feel, the whole idea of cricket is the different conditions that you get. You get different conditions from 'gully' to 'gully' (street to street), leave aside country to country or city to city.

"One gully there might be something, which is just across, you can't hit the straight ball, there might be a there, there might a fish vendor coming there (while the play is on), which might not happen in next gully, so you cannot standardize.

"The whole idea of cricket and why players are recognised as being good or great is when they do well overseas, unfamiliar conditions," Gavaskar added.

The batting great also ridiculed queries on his prediction for India's chances at the Word Cup, which starts May 30 in England.

"I would be very happy to answer the question, (but) unfortunately I haven't been able to check Virat Kohli's palm...I cannot answer the question (but) I am hoping that India wins the World Cup," he said.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 17:45 IST
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