Ban on use of saliva would effect bowlers performance, says Junaid

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LAHORE, Jul 08: Top Pakistani Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan declared that the decision of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban the usage of saliva to shine cricket balls, would affect the fast-bowlers to take wickets with old ball.

In an interview with foreign media Junaid said that all fast-bowlers would generally take a hit from the ban but it will affect the Pakistani bowlers more, as they rely on reverse swing to take wickets.

He said English team bowler Anderson bowls well with the new ball and his reverse swing is not that good. Similarly, Broad and Archer’s reverse swing is not as effective as our bowlers. Abbas bowls at 125 kph, he has done well with reverse swing in Asia. Shaheen’s reverse swing may not be as good as Abbas, but it is still alright. The four Test matches that Naseem has played, he has taken most wickets with reverse swing.

Our pacers, particularly the likes of Shaheen, Naseem and Musa will have a difficult time as they do not have the experience of playing in England and are not used to the conditions there,” he added.

The 30 years old Junaid said “I was disappointed when my name wasn’t in the 29-member squad announced for England tour. I am more experienced than the bowlers selected for the tour and want to play Test cricket,” he said.

Junaid also rued the lack of consistent chances and support he got from the Pakistan team management as compared to his fellow left-arm pacer, Mohammad Amir.

“I am not jealous of Amir. It is his luck that he got support from the team management despite not performing in 14 or 15 ODIs. Whereas I did not have the same luck, as I was dropped after not performing in only two games,” he said.

ICC has temporarily banned the fast-bowlers from applying saliva to shine the ball, which help them generate greater swing in the air. The ban would be implemented from the forthcoming three-match Test series between England and West Indies in the United Kingdom.

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