Fans were disappointed during the 1st test between Pakistan and Australia as the match ended in a draw. The pitch never looked like doing something for the bowlers and both teams went on to score over 400 runs in their first innings. The Pakistani openers got an easy hundred in the second innings before the match came to a draw.
Now Ramiz Raja, the PCB supremo has defended the pitch crticism. Speaking on the Youtube channel, the former commentator said that since his tenure begin last September only, therefore he has not been able to overhaul the conditions of the pitch and said that a drawn test match is never a good advertisement for cricket.
He, however, emphasized that Australia is a powerhouse cricketing nation and their talents need to be respected which is why Pakistan cannot produce fast, bouncy, and lively pitches which would suit the Australians.
“Just for the heck of it, we cannot prepare fast, bouncy pitches and give it in the laps of the Australians. It is important that since we are playing in our homes that we play to our strengths.” Raja said
We had limited resources: Ramiz Raja
“Our opening ball pair was disturbed because Hasan Ali and Faheem were unfit. We had brand new opening pair and Abdullah Shafiq had played only 2 – 3 matches. His form was worrisome. Then Imam Ul Haq was making a comeback. If both opening bowling and batting pairs are disturbed and raw, then one takes chances according to that only. Then we didn’t have the legspinner as Yasir Shah is unfit. So we landed up with a less desirable team and one must not forget that Australia is a powerhouse right now. They have recently won the Ashes. Their talent has to be respected. And we couldn’t have gone into an experimental mode so fast considering our strengths.”
Many former cricketers of the likes of Inzamam Ul Haq, Shahid Afridi has criticized the pitch and Afridi even went on to say that the Pakistan team reflected an impression that did not want to lose the match at all cost rather than going for the win.