Harbhajan Singh believes bowlers will face a tought time under new ODI rules

Harbhajan Singh (left) believes new rules will not favour bowlers in Asian conditions unless conditions are developed © PTI

Jamshedpur: Jan 10, 2013

Out-of-favour India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Thursday said that the bowlers may face a tough time with the implementation of new ICC One-Day International rule.

Harbhajan said for the new rule would work well in Asian conditions only if the pitches are developed like the one in New Delhi, which recently hosted the India-Pakistan ODI.

“The new ICC rule was not good keeping in view the Asian conditions unless the wickets were developed on the line of New Delhi, which favoured batsmen, seamers as well as the spinners,” said Harbhajan.

“I would suggest that wickets should be made in a way that would also favour the bowlers, particularly bowling the middle overs of the match,” he added.

As per the new rules, two new balls will be used at the two ends, the bowlers will be allowed to fire two bouncers per over and there will be no batting PowerPlay.

The bowling PowerPlay will have to be completed before the 40th over and more than four fielders will not be allowed outside the 30-yard circle at any stage of the innings.

Harbhajan also said that all the ODIs played post-ICC new rules have witnessed low-scoring matches with one extra fielder have to be inside the 30-yard circle throughout the match.