Mark Taylor, the former Australian cricketer has come down hard on Ramiz Raja for the pitches that have been used in the ongoing test series with Australia. The Rawalpindi test match ended in a draw and not only the fans but the former players of Pakistan too strongly criticized the PCB for producing flat pitches.
“Unfortunately, I think it shows where Pakistan cricket is at. They have got some very good cricketers at the moment, and I would love to see their establishment be a little more adventurous with what they’re telling them,” Taylor while speaking to Nine Sports.
Pakistan has a string of fast bowlers however the PCB chairman confessed after the first test match that producing a lively and fastpitch would have only suited the visitors.
The former cricketer was the captain of the Australian team when they last toured the country 24 years ago. The pitch in the first test match received a “below average” rating and a demerit point from the match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
There is a way of producing slow wickets – Wasim Akram
In a recent press conference, Wasim Akram revealed that the team management during Imran Khan’s time too opted for slow wickets when the West Indies came to Pakistan. He however clarified that if the wickets are going to be slow, then they should be spin-assistant.
“In our time, it was only up to the captain to decide what sort of pitch he wanted. I don’t remember any chairman telling or asking us about the state of the pitches. I tried watching the first test match. But I couldn’t. I think as an ex-cricketer, ex-fast bowler, I came to realize after the first two balls, that this test match will end in a draw.” Akram said during the press conference.
Fans were expecting a turnaround pitch for the Karachi test match however it turned out quite the same and Pakistan has found themselves in a bit of bother as they were bowled out for 148 runs after declaring their 1st innings at 556 for 9. At the time of writing this post, they are 160 for two wickets and trail by 346 runs.