Kevin Pietersen is regarded as one of the finest batsmen to have played international cricket for England. The 39-year-old played 104 Tests and 136 ODIs, scoring 8181 and 4440 runs respectively. The South African-born ex-cricketer has revealed that proper practise sessions did more good for his match fitness than ‘sanitised’ warm-up matches.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at the International Cricket Council (ICC), stating that their batsmen-friendly rules have been responsible for finishing cricket in the last 10 years.
Former Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is regarded as one of the finest batsmen to have played the game at the highest level. He scored over 10,000 runs in Tests with 34 centuries at an average of 52.05. In ODIs as well, he hit 7,240 runs at an average of 31.24. However, Younis had a controversial reign as Pakistan’s skipper.
The ban on use of saliva on the cricket ball has elicited a mixed response from various quarters of the cricketing circle. However, head of the ICC's Cricket Committee, Anil Kumble has stated that the recommendation of the ban by the panel had to be made considering the various risks posed to the game in the post COVID-19 era.