After another draw in the second Test between Australia and Pakistan in Karachi, former Pakistan player Aaqib Javed was surprised that the hosts have been incapable of producing turning tracks that can aid their plethora of spinners.
The first Test’s surface in Pindi saw a rating of ‘below average’ from the ICC and a demerit point. Changes were expected for the second one but it happened to be a carbon copy of the first.
The match was heading towards another dull draw after the first two days but the Aussie bowlers made use of the reverse swing and tore through the Pakistan batting lineup. This resulted in a thrilling climax, with Pakistan holding on by the skin of their teeth.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t change the ineffectiveness of the surface, which remained intact throughout the five days. Speaking about the same, Javed questioned why PCB has been unable to produce a spinning track.
“Why go anywhere else? I would say find out from the curators in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, etc how they prepare the turners on which Indian spinners dominate. I am surprised until now Pakistan has not been able to produce pure turning tracks, which will help our spinners,” Aaqib said on a YouTube channel.
Pakistan Cricket Board calls upon ex-MCG curator for Lahore Test
An ex-MCG curator has been acquired for ten days by the PCB in order to help in pitch preparation for the third Test in Lahore. Ramiz Raja is keen on having drop-in pitches at least by the end of the next year and he has begun the process for it.
“He wants to also change and improve the process of preparing pitches and Lumsden might also be given a longer assignment to help train the local curators,” a source in the PCB stated.
Toby Lumsden, the curator, has been part of the ICC before as the head curator. He has already begun working and it will be interesting to see the results he can produce.