Former Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Salman Butt has come up with a mouth-shutting reply to Ian Healy’s “unfair pitch” remark ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023.
Former Australia National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Ian Healy, who played 119 Tests and 168 ODIs between 1988-1999, recently said that Pat Cummins and Co. will emerge victorious in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy series if “fair” pitches are produced for the Test matches, but things could be different if “unfair” pitches are made.
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“I think if they produce fair Indian wickets, that are good batting wickets, to start with, (that) probably spin and spin pretty consistently but spin a long way, late in the match … we (Australia) win.
“I’m worried about (Mitchell) Starc and (Nathan) Lyon in the first Test … if they’re unfair wickets which I’ve seen in the last series, where balls were jumping ridiculously and sliding down low from day one, I think India play those conditions better than us,” Healy had said.
You shouldn’t talk about what’s fair or unfair – Salman Butt
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Salman Butt slammed Ian Healy for his remark and said that the Aussies call the pitch “unfair” if they can’t understand it. He also said that the subcontinent teams don’t complain about the pitches when they tour Australia.
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“When subcontinent teams travel to Australia, they don’t complain about the pitches. They don’t say there’s extra bounce in Perth and that it’s unfair.
“There are different home conditions and you have to get used to those. Teams face difficulties in Perth, likewise, they also face problems against spin. So, you shouldn’t talk about what’s fair or unfair. The pitch is giving results.
“Ye aadat bhi hai. Unko samajh naa aaye toh fair nahi hota (It’s their habit. If they can’t understand the pitch, they call it unfair),” Butt said on his official YouTube channel.
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