Clearly, somewhere down the line someone has messed up badly because even if one accepts the weather was bad even then too producing two such tracks was unacceptable as does the weather have to do with the shaving off the grass from the pitch on the eve of the game? If the PCB is today facing flak for the first two Test pitches it is so because at the end of the day it is the Board administration which is responsible for everything while the curators, team management, and everything else come second. And if this not the case then they should be honest and open about it, not hide behind excuses.Over in The Daily Times columnist retired Col. Rafi Nasim sympathised with the PCB, became the first person to call the test 'exciting' and wondered what all the fuss is about anyway...
Amazing, isn't how these army officers of our countries, retired or otherwise, derive such great "excitement" from things no one else in the country can find enjoyable, I'd like to know what Mr. Rafi Nasim's thoughts on the pitch are after he's bowled 25 overs on it against an identical Indian batting line up.
This is not the only occasion that the Test matches ended in a draw. The fact remains that nearly fifty percent Test matches end up in a ‘draw’ on batting pitches that exist everywhere. On such tracks only a miracle can bring the result – and the miracles do not occur too often. Some specialists of the game have blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for intentionally preparing such strips to avoid defeat. My views are different. It happened either by chance or as a result of the inclement weather. As for the fear of defeat, let me say that the Pakistan team was in high spirits after a chain of glorious victories in the recent past. It had emerged as a strong and well-balanced outfit to face India, whom it defeated on its home grounds only last year.
Though India’s batting has always been outstanding, our own follies did contribute to the big total. Pakistan’s fielding was poor. While important catches were dropped, the hits to the boundary went pass easily. The pitch did have the high bounce as well as the spin. We failed to get the Indians out cheaply because our speedsters targeted the batsmen more than the stumps. On one occasion the computer showed only one ball in the over directed towards the stumps while the remaining five went haywire. The Lahore and the Faisalabad Test having drawn on account of the pitches or the bowlers’ failure to penetrate could not be called ‘dull and dreary draws’ because the spectators thoroughly enjoyed the enterprising batsmanship of players from both sides. The storm of fours and sixes that engulfed the stadia on all the ten days was pretty exciting.
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