January 27, 2006

PCB on defensive after piles of runs and utter boredom

Stung by criticism about the lifeless pitches in Lahore and Faisalabad that produced piles of runs and utter boredom, the Pakistan Cricket Board has announced remedial measures while stoutly defending itself and the Pakistan team management.

Citing an attempt to amend the docile pitches on view in Pakistan, the PCB announced that it is taking initiatives with international assistance. “In order to improve soil conditions at our venues, the PCB will hold an international experts workshop to chalk out measures to improve the sub-soil so that our pitches are able to produce the required bounce for a proper contest between bat and ball,” the PCB said today. “The PCB has already requested Turf Institute of New Zealand to send an expert after the conclusion of the current series.”

The board also clarified that it had, in consultation with Inzamam-ul-Haq and Woolmer, indeed asked for “hard, bouncy pitches” to be prepared for the three-Test series against India but unfavorable weather conditions - rain, frost and an absence of sunshine - had a large role in turning both venues into bat-dominated affairs.

It also absolved the curators at both venues of any particular blame by citing the example of the recent series against England, during which the pitches had held up admirably. After the run-glut on a featherbed of a pitch in Lahore in the weather-hit first Test, the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad had assumed importance, but any hopes were dispelled with a match aggregate of 1702 runs - the fourth-highest for five-day Tests - with only 28 wickets falling.

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1 Comment »

  1. Interesting!! rain, frost and an absence of sunshine?? Seems PCB officials live on Mars so they didn’t know that during January this is what u expect the weather to be in Lahore and faisalabad.

    The new consultant from New Zealand, they are hiring now, might be able to tell them, but after a big fee of course:)

    Comment by Shahid — January 27, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

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