The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to use Kookaburra balls in domestic cricket from the ongoing season to keep with global standards. The imported balls were utilized in regional matches from 2000 until 2007, when the Ijaz Butt-led administration urged the use of locally-manufactured balls.
The decision came after the PCB’s Executive Coordination Committee met with the domestic coaching staff, skipper, and chief selector to talk about various parts of betterment for the Pakistan team. The Kookaburra ball will be used for the 5th round of the President’s Trophy, starting Nov 2. The cricketers will continue to use the Grays ball for the 4th round, which begins on Sunday.
However, the PCB director Javed Miandad was against the concept of using imported balls, but was out voted when the ECC invited T20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez, coach Dav Whatmore, fast-bowling coach Mohammad Akram and chief selector Iqbal Qasim for the gathering. Several PCB members were apparently unsatisfied with the quality of the locally made balls, following issues from cricketers over the last 2 years.
The balls were said to have hard skin, causing player injuries while fielding, and on occasions tore within 20 overs in first-class matches.