New Delhi: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels that the trend of using heavier bats and making boundaries shorter in limited-over cricket will further tilt the game in favour of batsmen and bowlers may become "endangered species".
Chappell said the surge in boundaries and sixes may bring more "entertainment dollars" but it's not good for the game as the bowlers may be forced to using extreme methods like bodyline and chucking.
"In short forms of the game there's a chance bowlers will become an endangered species if the trend of heavier and better bats and shorter boundaries continues. This tendency has led to a surge in boundaries in general and sixes in particular. While this may sound like a favourable result in a game competing for entertainment dollar, the long-term consequences may not be so desirable," Chappell said, writing for ESPNcricinfo.com.