‘Sub-standard’ Kookaburra balls disappoint players

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  1. chandtara
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    KARACHI: The introduction of Kookaburra balls to Twenty20 cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been termed a failure by many players who termed them of ‘poor quality’ and ‘sub-standard’ after having been changed during innings.

    The opinion gathered by The Express Tribune from players consists of complaints that the balls are not even close to the original Kookaburra balls they have played with in the past – regular complaints range from the ball losing colour or leather peeling off earlier than expected.

    “The balls used in the National Twenty20 Cup are not even close to the quality of the original Kookaburra balls,” a national team player told The Express Tribune. “Original balls used in international cricket survive 50 overs. It’s ridiculous that a ball which costs over Rs10,000 can’t even last 20 overs. The fielders working on the ball throughout the innings then have to work on the new one again.”

    Another international player said that the PCB should lodge a formal complaint with the manufacturers. He added that there were complaints in the past that ‘B-grade’ or defected balls were provided at the camps in the National Cricket Academy.

    Complain to be lodge after event: PCB
    Meanwhile, PCB’s domestic cricket officials have stressed that while genuine balls are being used in the event, they were surprised how quickly the balls went out of use.

    “It is shocking even for us that the Kookaburra balls used in this event hasn’t responded well as we were hoping,” said a PCB official before saying that a report will be generated after the tournament which will be sent to the manufacturers along with samples.“We’re paying Rs 12,000 per ball and we need to ensure that we don’t get complaints in the future.”

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2012.
     
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    iAd Sultan of Swing

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    Are they even the real Kookabura?:fp
     
  3. Major
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    Major Cornered Tiger

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    poor stuff by the kookabura company... THese balls are being imported fro Australia right.
     
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    Desi_Joker Tracer Bullet

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    So did the PCB actually get the real Kookaburra balls or settle for cheap replacements?
     
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    Major Cornered Tiger

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    Maybe Kokabora might had provided fake ones, but this cannot be possible that PCB is doing fraud, because if they did then a PCB official wouldn't had criticized (the second article) the ball, as i'm sure kokabura could sue him for it.
     
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    Desi_Joker Tracer Bullet

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    Would be very unlike Kookaburra to provide fake balls though. Maybe PCB ordered the balls from their Indian factory instead of getting the ones from Australia. :lol
     
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    I think Kookaburra balls are only made in Australia, and they export it from there to other countries.
     
  8. Desi_Joker
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    Desi_Joker Tracer Bullet

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    Nope. Not true.

    Kookaburra produce cricket equipment outside Australia as well. They have warehouses in a couple of UK locations, because of the big cricketing market here (including balls). And I do know for a fact that they do produce bats in India, so I'm assuming they also produce other cricket equipment there too.
     
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    i think they only produce balls in Australia.Thats what i heard from the commentators on PTV sports... They even said that Sialkot has started to produce kokaburra balls.
     
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    Desi_Joker Tracer Bullet

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    I didn't know Sialkot was in Australia. :lol

    Anyways, I don't know if they do make balls outside Australia for sure, but I highly, highly doubt that Kookaburra would have provided fake balls. They take the quality of their goods very seriously.
     
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