'NZ cricket going through transition phase'

Published: Friday, October 3, 2008, 11:49 [IST]
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Chennai: After losing too many players at one go to the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), former skipper Glenn Turner believes that the New Zealand cricket is facing tough times in the country as they are going through a transition phase.

''I think the situation right now in New Zealand has to do with the turmoil with world cricket, with the ICL coming in. I think what is damaging for us is that we have only six teams to select from,'' Turner who is in India with the New Zealand 'A' team as a manager told Cricinfo.

Turner asserted that the problem arised just becuase the huge money started pouring in. Hwoever, he is full of hope that the turmoil will come to an end soon.

''You anticipate at the end of the day that there will be some sort of equilibrium. The gold rush is on, and in any gold rush there will be short-term problems,'' he said.

Turner said Shane Bond's departure to the ICL was the biggest casualty for the New Zealand cricket, adding that the pace bowler could have been handled better.

''Well, definitely it was unfortunate. One hoped that it could have been handled better, though I'm not aware of the politics of that. I think he felt he was good enough to play at least another season for New Zealand, but that was cut off,'' he added.

He was also of the view that Twenty20 cricket is tilted towards batsmen. However, in coming days laws will be changed so that bowler's will also have a say in the game, he quipped.

''I think the laws of the game will change. I think it is too much in favour of the batsman and clearing the boundaries. I see the laws of the game being changed to give the bowlers more opportunities.

''A bowler gets to bowl a maximum of four overs, while a batsman can play as many as 20. Why should a bowler who's on song get to bowl only four? Perhaps he should be allowed six or eight overs, and some of the others can bowl around two each,'' he said.

Glenn Turner's association with New Zealand cricket has been long and occasionally stormy. He captained New Zealand in ten Tests in the mid-1970s before quitting the job in the wake of one of his regular disagreements with the administrators.

He managed New Zealand's teams to Australia and England in 1985-86, and was reappointed in 1995, after New Zealand's notorious ''drug tour'' to South Africa. He later coached Otago, and was appointed a national selector.


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