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It's not about players sucking, but their availability.Wanna show the citation for that?
Cricket is the only sport that can look at a 10 year mismatch in play and decide that rather than the conditions that control it have changed, it's just that the players all secretly suck now.
But then this is the same conservative sport that fretted for years over taking referee decisions out of the hands of 60 year olds.
The proof, though flimsy, is that the decade did produce several other high quality pacers who, whenever they played, put up superb numbers: Shoaib, Bond, Asif, Clark mainly. But either due to injury/their own stupidity in Asif's case they just weren't playing that often. Those teams would've been far tougher to bat against if those guys had simply been more available,regardless of how flat the pitches were. This isn't to say other eras don't have bowlers with injury issues, but just pointing out that several non McGrath bowlers were putting up great numbers.