Sri Lanka Cricket will probe officially into the controversial ball changing incidents that clouded the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan on Friday.
As many as eleven balls were changed as a result of them going out of shape. Some of them as new as 3-4 overs old.
On the first day of the final test, Sri Lanka opted for the second ball which lost its roundness after only three overs, when Pakistan lost three wickets in two overs.
In a post match comment the baffled Pakistan coach Intikab Alam lamented “We should not have lost those three wickets. This has happened right through-out the series. Each time the ball is changed it has worked (For Sri Lanka). I don’t want to go into details. That’s part and parcel of the game.”
The secretary of the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka cricket speaking to the Sunday Times on the issue said “We use the good Kookaburra balls which are very expensive. We still really do not know as to why this problem occurred.”
Then head of Cricket Operations – Sri Lanka cricket Ashley de Silva explained, “This is a serious issue. We have made a request to the match referee of the current series Alan Hurst to send in an official comment on the issue, prior to taking up the issue with the manufacturers in Australia.”
De Silva further said “We do not have any third parties who supply these balls and we import them directly from the Kookaburra manufacturers. Initially we used a stock that was imported about three months ago and when the incident began we released another stock that we received only last week, but still the anomaly continued. This is a serious problem and it has to be addressed immediately.”