Sydney, Oct 25(ANI): A leading Australian sports science expert, who lead the introduction of bowling restrictions, has now asked Cricket Australia (ANI) to review the contentious policy at the junior level.
Patrick Farhart, who is an experienced cricket physiotherapist, has expressed concerns that the measures he urged cricket authorities to put into practice, might merely be delaying the onset of injuries, rather than preventing them.
"I'm not saying throw the restrictions out. I think we need to have a look at what's happening, but are the restrictions allowing the blokes to develop a skill that they need to have when they get older?" the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Farhart, as saying.
"And are they allowing them to develop the tolerance to the loads of fast bowling they'll need when they get older? That's my query with fast bowlers," he added.
Farhart's views come as debate continues to rage about the best method of preparing fast bowlers.
Farhart, who is also the phsyio of Big Bash team Sydney Sixers, said he had a suspicion restrictions may only be simply delaying injury until blokes get a bit older, though he did not have data supporting this.
While Farhart conceded removing the quotas would result in more younger fast bowlers breaking down, he said those injuries could be a positive in the long run.
"I don't know of many quicks at first-class or international level who haven't had a serious injury when they were young," Farhart said.
"Having that serious injury when they were young isn't always a catastrophe, it often forces blokes to look at how they prepare, their action. In some ways it can be a positive," he added. (ANI)