Salman Butt criticizes PCB for preparing a ‘dead’ wicket for the Rawalpindi Test. Only 14 wickets fell in the first Test in Rawalpindi in five days, drawing attention to the ‘dead’ pitch.
Former Pakistan batsman Salman Butt chastised the PCB for not having enough faith in their batters and failing to prepare a batting-friendly wicket. The historic Test series between Pakistan and Australia began with a draw in the first game at Rawalpindi Stadium, as both teams combined for 14 wickets. The bowlers had nothing to work with on the wicket as cricket experts from around the world slammed PCB for preparing a ‘boring’ wicket.
Imam-ul-Haq scored two centuries in the Test, while Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali also scored hundreds. On day five, both teams scored over 400 in their first innings, and the home team scored 252 in their second innings without losing a wicket in 77 overs. The second Test of the three-match series begins on March 12th at Karachi’s National Stadium.
Salman Butt- ‘Pitches aren’t bad, it’s the brains’
Salman Butt recalled the series against South Africa last year, during which Hasan Ali was picking up fifers at Rawalpindi, and believes the Rawalpindi pitch has traditionally been a result-oriented one. He also stated that first-class games are completed in less than three days on the field and that there is nothing wrong with that.
“In Rawalpindi, Hasan Ali shone (five-wicket hauls in both Tests) against South Africa.” Was that a different stadium? So I’m not sure who is passing what information. Anyone who opens the statistic will discover the truth. Pindi is a pitch that focuses on the end result. People complain about first-class matches ending in 2.5 days,” Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel.
Butt pointed out that the management’s lack of confidence in their batters played a significant role in preparing a dead pitch, and he chastised them for lacking confidence. He hoped for a better pitch in Karachi and Lahore for the remaining Tests, and it should be noted that the home team has the advantage of preparing pitches that aid spin or fast bowling.
“Tell me what’s wrong with Pakistan pitches.” Pitches aren’t a problem; it’s the brains that are. The people in charge of cricket…their it’s weakness in underestimating themselves that keeps us from playing. Imam has been a member of the team since 2019. It’s now 2022. You don’t have faith in him?” Apart from him, Abdullah Shafique has been called up after scoring runs against Bangladesh and in the PSL. “We treated this game as a practice game,” he added.