Ramiz Raja, the former Pakistani cricketer and a very prominent name from at present cricket commentary section, has suggested turning the pitch to 20 yards from 22 yards.
He suggested it in order to save the reverse swing which grants momentum in Test cricket to bowlers. As due to the Coronavirus outbreak, bowlers are restricted for using saliva or sweat for shining the ball, reverse swing might be in trouble being an essential factor of Test Cricket. Hence, Ramiz has suggested shortening the pitch size as it could be helpful for the bowlers.
“In all probability, players won’t be able to apply saliva or sweat to shine the ball which will mean that reverse swing will go out of the equation,” said Raja in a YouTube video.
“This will consequently make Test cricket less attractive because reverse swing forms a very important part of a bowler’s armoury in this format,” he added.
Ramiz Raja passed on his opinion in order to not to grant the advantage to batsmen only as the reverse swing is the usage of the bowler as their technique, especially in red-ball cricket.
“The lack of reverse swing will disturb the balance between bat and ball and so we might have to go towards squeezing the size of the pitch. Maybe turn the pitch into 20 yards instead of 22 so that batting is not very easy,” said Raja.
Ramiz has worn Green jersey in 57 test matches and 198 ODIs. He has scored 2833 runs in red-ball format whereas 5841 in ODIs. He was also a part of 1992 World Cup when Pakistan under the captaincy of Imran Khan lifted the trophy beating England in the finals. From years, he is now a part of the commentary section and is serving the field exceptionally.