Fearing penalty again, PCB calls in ex-MCG curator for the Lahore test

After the first test, there was plenty of criticism for the PCB who have convinced Australia to tour them after 24 years. The pitch was on the flatter side and the test match saw a total of only 14 wickets. The visiting team was able to pick only 4 wickets of them. There were reports that the PCB will opt for a heavily spin-friendly pitch for the Karachi test match however, from the ongoing test match, it appears that the pitch is not too different from the Rawalpindi surface, which received a “below average” rating and a demerit point from the match referee.

It was the first time that Pakistan have received a demerit point for the pitch. According to ICC rules, a venue, if accumulates 5 demerit points over the course of five years, receives a one-year ban from conducting international cricket. Fearing the criticism that PCB is likely to face after the second test match, they have called in a curator to prepare the pitch of the third test match which will take place at Lahore. The curator has worked before for the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Many former greats have voiced their opinion that the pitch was not conducive to fast-bowling and spin-bowling. Mark Taylor went on to say that pitches were flat and that the PCB needs to be more adventurous as they have a good all-around bowling attack.

Tony Lumsden is the curator and there are reports that he has landed in Pakistan and is overseeing the pitch preparation at Lahore. Ramiz Raja, upon becoming the chairman, reflected on the poor pitches and ordered two drop-in pitches from Australia and New Zealand which will not only provide challenging conditions for the domestic teams but will also the national team to prepare for an overseas tour of Australia, NewZealand, South Africa, and England. The third test match will start from the 21st of March.

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