Arjuna Ranatunga fears for bowlers following new ODI rules

The 1996 World Cup-winning captain was of the view that the general bowling standards around the world have declined steeply.

updated: November 29, 2013 11:50 IST
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Mumbai: Arjuna RanatungaFormer Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga is apprehensive that the repeated changes in the rules of One-Day Internationals have shifted the advantage so overwhelmingly in favour of the batsmen that very few youngsters in future would opt to be bowlers. (Also read: Rohit has transformed India's batting, says Jayasuriya)

"A lot of people say it (new rules) is good for the game, but as far as I am concerned, it is not. Young boys, when they are eight or ten, will not pick up the ball, they will pick up the bat," said Ranatunga on the side lines of a media conference here on Thursday night to announce the formation of "Wills Realtors" by 14 of that victorious squad's members. (Related read: Dale Steyn wants fair South African wickets)

"Lots of people think cricket is a batsman's game, but I feel it should be 60:40 if not 50:50 (in favour of batsmen) because otherwise the bowlers would be getting killed. Some of the greats are getting thrashed in this T20 thing. I don't know whether they (youngsters) can look up to people. Now it looks like 90:10 and sometimes it looks like 95:5 (in favour of batsmen)," said Ranatunga. (Sachin's second innings: Promote toilets)

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