Salman Butt
Salman Butt (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has once again criticized Pakistan cricket for preparing another dead rubber in Karachi against Australia in the ongoing Test series. It is notable that the ICC handed Pakistan one demerit point after ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle submitted his report of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium wherein the first Test of the series was played.

Pakistan cricket has been under strong criticism from all corners of the globe as their poor pitch management has stained Australia’s historic tour to the country after 24 long hours. Former Pakistan cricketers have lashed out at the management and the board too for playing incompetent cricket. Now, after the first day of the second Test in Karachi, Salman Butt has come out in criticism of the Karachi pitch too.

 Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. Image: Twitter

With only 14 wickets falling in the rest of the game, the Test resulted in a dull draw, with many former Pakistan cricketers, including ex-captains Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, and Salman Butt, criticizing the surface throughout the game.

Many expected the surface to improve for the second Test in Karachi, but the National Stadium’s action on Day 1 was slow and low, with Australia finishing at 251/3 in 90 overs. Former Pakistan captain Butt, once again expressing his dissatisfaction with the surface, claimed that fast bowlers must have had some assistance.

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“I’ll put something in the pitch for Shaheen, Hasan, and Naseem Shah if I have them.” I don’t have Yasir Shah, therefore I can’t play leg-spinner, and when I say that, I’m also implying that we don’t have any reliable spinners. I’m unable to create a music that promotes spin. Instead, give something to fast bowlers”.

Salman Butt remembers On the Rawalpindi pitch, Ifran Pathan has a Hat-Trick:

Butt went on to say that he doesn’t recall such slower surfaces in Pakistan during his playing days. The former Pakistan captain also used the 2006 India-Pakistan tour as an example.

“During my playing days, I don’t recall such slow and low pitches.” We didn’t play any draw Tests, after all. However, Irfan Pathan had scored a hat-trick in Karachi, and the match had been a lively, magnificent seaming pitch. “India triumphed in Rawalpindi on another seaming pitch,” Butt recalled.

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. Image: BCCI

The point is that at the time, we used to play cricket at a fast tempo.” In Pakistan, we’ve never seen such low and slow wickets. And these surfaces arrive at a time when everyone is looking for speed, bounce, and aggression from fast bowlers.

People keep talking about fast bowlers who can bowl at 140 kph and batsmen who can hit at a 140 strike rate at any time of day or night. Both, ironically, aren’t happening right now. And it’s not conceivable in this situation, Butt added

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