Post-ball tampering row Dukes balls to be used in India-England series

The debate between Dukes and Kookaburra is an old one, however, Australian spin-great Shane Warne has always recommended the use of Dukes over Kookaburra

The Hush Post: After the recent ball-tampering saga, the Dukes balls will be used in the upcoming series between England and India in the summers. The Duke balls which are scare in use, are harder and do not crack at the seams. They can’t be tampered by rubbing sugar, or any corrosive object on it.

India will be in England for over two months this summer, playing three one-day internationals, three T-20 internationals and five Test matches. The tour begins on June 27.

Indian born British, Dilip Jajodia, owner of Morrant Group Ltd, and MD of its subsidiary British Cricket Balls Ltd, which manufactures Dukes balls, says that with any other ball, it’s easier to stick a thumbnail into the quarter seam to open it up for swing. As per a livemint.com report, the seams are tight, and it’s impossible to crack them.

Jajodia’s Dukes competes directly with the Australian Kookaburra Sport Pty Ltd, the balls which were used in the cricket series in South Africa in which the recent tampering episode took place. Cameras zoomed in on Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft who was trying to scrape the ball in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Bancroft, his skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were later penalised by Cricket Australia with suspensions up to 12 months.

Dukes balls are already in use in international matches in some of the countries. But mostly it is the Kookaburra which is used.

Jajodia says, the good thing about Dukes is that these balls are entirely stitched manually.

The debate between Dukes and Kookaburra is an old one, however, Australian spin-great Shane Warne has always recommended the use of Dukes over Kookaburra.

“We don’t get people tampering with our balls,” claims the 74-year-old India-born Jajodia, who bought Dukes in 1987 as per Livemint.com.

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