Psllivecricket t20 world cup 2022 PAK vs ENG: "This Is Not A Good Advert For Cricket, We Are A Better Cricketing Nation Than This"- – Cricket Addictor

PAK vs ENG: "This Is Not A Good Advert For Cricket, We Are A Better Cricketing Nation Than This"- – Cricket Addictor

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With the World Test Championship final on the line, Pakistan are hosting England in a three-match Test series, with the first game scheduled to be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday, December 1. There was a bit of uncertainty regarding the start date of the match, but just two hours before the match, the tourists confirmed that they were fit to play.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja described the Rawalpindi pitch, which is hosting the first test match between Pakistan and England, as “embarrassing.” England scored a massive 506 runs on an opening day before being bowled out for 657 runs. In response, Pakistan has already scored 181/0 in their first innings at the end of day 2.
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Speaking to reporters during lunch on Day 2, Chairman Rameez Raja criticized the pitch used in the first Test against England as not a “great advert for cricket” and that the country was still in the “dark ages of pitch preparation.”
“It is embarrassing for us, especially when you have a cricketer as chairman. This is not a good advert for cricket. We are a better cricketing nation than this,” Ramiz said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo during the lunch break on the second day of the Test.
The pitch quality has been under scrutiny, especially since Ramiz took over as PCB chairman last year. He stated that he would bring drop-in pitches to Pakistan. The 60-year-old also revealed that importing drop-in pitches from other countries would cost a lot of money.
“Ultimately, the only situation is a drop-in pitch. Which is extremely expensive if we are bringing it from abroad. Instead, we are developing soil here for drop-in pitches. That way, we can prepare square turners or bouncy wickets depending on what we want,” he added.
“This is not an issue of not leaving grass on the pitch. The grass looks good from the point of view of optics. We need to create bounce, which can happen without grass, as happens on Australian pitches. They do not leave lots of grass on the pitch. We get different pitches in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.”
“We have the same pitches because we get the same kind of soil. We have tried to bring a curator from abroad; we needed to bring a curator from Australia for the Lahore Test, because the situation had gotten out of hand. When I want a spinning pitch, we do not get that either, so it ends up being half and half. We do not want that.”
The first Test against Australia, held earlier this year in Rawalpindi, was also a run-fest, with Pakistan scoring 728 runs for four wickets across two innings. In the second innings, the visitors also scored 459 runs.
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