Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gautam-gambhir/">Gautam Gambhir</a> has stressed on the need to standardise cricket ball used in international matches. <p></p> <p></p><strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-west-indies-2019-ajinkya-rahanes-tenth-test-hundred-really-special-and-emotional-885952">Ajinkya Rahane's tenth Test hundred 'emotional'</a> <p></p> <p></p>Gambhir suggested that the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc">International Cricket Council</a> (ICC) should come out with parameters governing the size, seam etc. of a cricket ball which in turn will ultimately benefit the cricketers. <p></p> <p></p>"Apart from good pitches, a standard brand of cricket ball needs to be used around the world," Gambhir wrote in his column for <em>The Times of India</em>. "I can understand the commercial compulsions of this but it is strange to be in a common competition with variable apparatus." <p></p> <p></p>He continued, "Maybe ICC can list out standard parameters for a cricket ball to be used in Test cricket and float a tender for the manufacturers. Whoever meets them at a desired cost can be the 'bowling partner of the ICC'. A spinner like R Ashwin will be thrilled if he gets a cricket ball with the healthy seam of SG, or Dukes." <p></p> <p></p>Gambhir, who played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also said Test cricket should become more appealing to the new generation and must address some core issues. "It is a no-brainer that Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive the onslaught of T20s and alternate entertainment options. I am a die-hard traditionalist, but Test cricket needs to appeal to the millennials. The core issues need to be addressed," Gambhir wrote. <p></p> <p></p>India and West Indies will lock horns in the second Test from Friday and Gambhir hopes a better pitch will be prepared for the contest. "India and West Indies will again be in battle from Friday. I will be keenly observing the quality of the pitch. I hope it is not as flat as the one in the first Test," he said. <p></p> <p></p>India lead the two-match series 1-0 following their thumping 318-run win in Antigua last week.