ICC should list out standard parameters for a cricket ball: Gautam Gambhir
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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has stressed on the need to standardise cricket ball used in international matches.

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Gambhir suggested that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should come out with parameters governing the size, seam etc. of a cricket ball which in turn will ultimately benefit the cricketers.

“Apart from good pitches, a standard brand of cricket ball needs to be used around the world,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India. “I can understand the commercial compulsions of this but it is strange to be in a common competition with variable apparatus.”

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.”

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.

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.

India lead the two-match series 1-0 following their thumping 318-run win in Antigua last week.