Bowlers need protection from switch-hit: Pollock

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Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 14:31 [IST]
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Rules against switch-hit soon: Pollock

Mumbai, May 8: Former South African skipper Shaun Pollock said that rules would be framed by the authorities against batsmen who use the switch-hit or the scoop shot.

Batsmen like AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen and Tillakaratne Dilshan have been using innovative shots against quality bowlers like Dale Steyn and Ben Hilfenhaus.

The legendary pacer insisted that while a batsman switch-hits or scoops, the bowler can't change his field but can only bowl a different delivery to restrict the shot.

"It's seriously getting difficult. They bring fine leg up and the batsman scoops it over fine leg. You bring third man up and they reverse scoop it over third man.

The bowlers constantly have to think on their feet and try and read what the batsmen are trying to do and if a batsman tries to adjust early to play a certain shot, you try and bowl certain deliveries to combat that. But it has become difficult with switch hit and everything that goes on with it. As a bowler you just have to take it on the chin and try to bowl the next delivery," Pollock said.

Pollock is not questioning the legality of the shot but is only asking a bit of protection from the umpires.

"When you set a field for a left-hander or right, you can only put five fielders on the leg side. When a batsman turns around, you have only three or four fielders on the other side. No laws have been changed yet, but I won't be surprised by next year or so, if there's not something that goes in the bowlers favour like if a batsman switches, a wide can't be called."

Mumbai Indians mentor Pollock, however, was happy to see bowlers develop various techniques in the shortest format of the game.

"Bowlers have picked up new skills and have understood what's required of them and have picked up slower balls. The main thing is they seem to have understood what delivery to bowl at what time and how you can be protective. They have progressed."


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