Test players support use of Kookaburra balls in domestic season 2019-20

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In a bid to bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be implementing Kookaburra balls in the upcoming domestic cricket season, which begins on September 14. Despite Pakistan’s men’s team playing their home Tests with the Kookaburra brand, the country’s first-class cricket was being played with the Dukes balls for the last two seasons. Because of its hard leather and pronounced seam, Dukes had tilted the balance between the bat and the ball in the favour of the latter because of the prodigious seam and swing it provides to the fast-bowlers, especially earlier in the innings. The Kookaburra ball is expected to help the cricketers in developing profound techniques as its condition changes over the course of an innings. The Kookaburras gets softer as the day progresses, bringing in the spinners in the play in the latter sessions. Though, the batsmen score runs more freely with the ball getting worn out, the Kookaburra ensures the right equilibrium throughout the day. “The PCB expects investment on the Kookaburras will develop cricketers who are ready to take up the challenges of international cricket by learning how to operate at different stages of an innings,” said a spokesman for the PCB on Friday.

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