Salman Butt
Salman Butt (Image Credit: Twitter)

Salman Butt, a former player of Pakistan, criticized Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, for the “Dead” pitch in Rawalpindi, which is now hosting the first test match between Pakistan and England and produced 500+ runs on the first day.

Butt blasted the makers of the Rawalpindi pitch while speaking on his YouTube channel, stating that players could even play on this surface with small fielding bats because it has nothing supporting pacers and spinners.

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Ramiz Raja
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

Butt blasted the pitch, claiming that players might even use fielding bats on it. Butt stated on his YouTube channel:

“Ye dramebazi (drame) hai.” “If you look at the pitch, here you can even play with a fielding bat, that short bat used for catching.”

The declaration follows Raja’s criticism of the pitch, which he acknowledged wasn’t doing Test cricket any favors.

PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. Image Credits: Twitter

As reported by Geo News, he stated to reporters: “In Pakistan, we still use pitches like it’s the stone age. We find it embarrassing, especially if the chairman is a cricketer.”
It’s important to note that on the same ground in March of this year, Pakistan and Australia played a match that finished in a draw and saw 1187 runs scored for the loss of just 14 wickets. ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the wicket as “below average.

“You try to hide your fear with pathetic acting”: Salman Butt

Salman Butt further implied that the pitch curator submitted the proposal on Ramiz Raja’s recommendation. He referred to him as a scared, unmotivated person.
“Whoever was given the order to develop the Rawalpindi pitch is a scared individual with exhausting thought. Aggression is currently being displayed to the media” Salman Butt said.

Pakistan National Cricket Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

“They are talking about things as if we don’t know who created the pitch. You don’t want to go towards a result. You try to hide your fear with pathetic acting”  Salman Butt remarked.

At lunch on Day 3, the Men in Green were 298/3 in 83 overs and were 359 runs down when Babar Azam (28*) and Saud Shakeel (0*) came to the crease.

Imam-ul-Haq (121) and Abdullah Shafique (114), the openers, partnered for the first wicket for 225 runs. Azhar Ali (27), who missed his chance, performed poorly.

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