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Free hits too harsh: Pollock

The South African paceman says that he does not have any problems with the mandatory change of ball after the 35 overs, reports G Krishnan.

cricket Updated: Jun 08, 2007 23:28 IST
G Krishnan

A new ICC proposal to award free hits to batsmen after front-foot no-balls in ODIs is not likely to prove a hit with the bowlers. And the disapproving voices have already started making themselves heard.

"It is too harsh for the bowlers. As it is, there is enough punishment for the bowlers today and the game is tilted towards batsmen," said South African paceman Shaun Pollock. "The bowler is already penalised with an extra ball and an extra run for the batting side."

Pollock, who is playing for Africa purely as a batsman in the Afro-Asia Cup, said at the Asian Cricket Council seminar: "We have to bowl from so long back of the crease."

The 33-year-old, who spoke on 'African development through Afro-Asian partnership', said he did not have any problems with the mandatory change of ball after the 35 overs. "But I don't know how your are going to do it. You have to standardise the balls that are 35 overs old."

On the need to have specialised coaches, Pollock said: "I don't think any coach can admit he has got expertise in all the departments of the game. You need to have specialised coaches for batting, bowling and fielding, and that on a long-term basis."

Pollock said that tournaments in which teams include players from several countries should be scheduled at the right time.

"You really enjoy these matches…. Playing these matches, you get inputs and learn what's going on in the change room. Despite the tight schedule, you need to play these matches as you still need to contribute to the game. You have to just schedule this at the right time."