Hadlee and Holding say switch-hitting is unfair

June 18th, 2008 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS  


London, June 18 (IANS) Two cricket greats, Sir Richard Hadlee and Michael Holding, feel that England batsman Kevin Pietersen has gained unfair advantage by switch-hitting Scott Styris for two sixes in England’s victory over New Zealand in the One-Day International Sunday.
Both former fast bowlers, New Zealander Hadlee and West Indian Holding feel that Pietersen’s switch-hitting has raised the issues relating to the spirit of the game.

“It has created some serious issues in regards to the spirit of the game because the fielding side are dealing with a right-handed player and set the field accordingly,” Hadlee said.

“The batsman has then changed that.

“If he is hit on the pad is he going to be treated as a left-hander or a right-hander?”

Hadlee has stated that there were technical issues with the game’s rules, such as which of the batsman’s stumps should be treated as his off stump and his leg stump, reports The Telegraph, London.

“Bowlers have to say which hand they are bowling with, so I don’t see why batsmen should be allowed to change from right-handers to left-handers at a whim,” Holding said.

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