REALIST: Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar

Cricket pitches need to be more bowler-friendly if the rising imbalance between bat and ball is to be addressed says Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) world cricket committee on Tuesday recommended limitations on the thickness and depth of bats amid concerns that the sport has tilted heavily in favour of the batsmen in recent years.

A report commissioned by the MCC, the guardian of the game’s laws, in 2014 found the thickness of bats had marginally increased in the last century and that edges had broadened by 300 percent, meaning even mistimed shots could still find the boundary.

Tendulkar, who quit international cricket in 2013 as the game’s most prolific batsman both in Tests and the 50-over format, demanded more assistance for the bowlers from the playing surface.

He says: “The wickets need to change; they need to be more helpful for bowlers.

“In T20s, the greatest of bowlers are being reverse-swept. Three-hundred is no longer competitive in ODIs.

“So there should be at least one format where bowlers have a better chance of executing their skills and making it more interesting for spectators.

“I don’t think it’s got much to do with bats, but I’m sure people on the [relevant] panel will be able to look into it.”