Tough time for bowlers with new ODI rules: Bhajji

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Published: Friday, January 11, 2013, 10:39 [IST]
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'Tough for bowlers with new ODI rules'

Jamshedpur, Jan 11: With the implementation of new ODI rules, Unlucky off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels bowlers would have tough time playing England in the ODI series starting today at Rajkot.

The off-spinner who has not been a part of the Indian team since the second Test against England in Mumbai in Dec 2012, said that the new rules wouldn't assist bowlers in the sub-continent.

"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," said Harbhajan, who has represented India in 99 Tests and 229 ODIs.

Harbhajan also pointed out that the implentation of new ODI rules has resulted in low-scoring matches, since an extra fielder would be inside the 30-yard circle.

According to the new rules, a bowler can bowl two bouncers per over and there will be no batting powerplay. Moreover, two new balls can be used at the two ends.

There are more restrictions, as bowling powerplay should be completed before the 40th over and more than 4 fielders will not be allowed outside the 30-yard circle at any stage of the innings.


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