Ramiz Raja’s comments regarding the pitches during Pakistan vs. England series did not delight former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi.
When England defeated the hosts by a score of 3-0, there was much discussion about the friendly fields, particularly the one in Rawalpindi.
“I have not cracked the code regarding a Test match pitch, unfortunately. Disappointed with this pitch. I’m stressing on drop-in pitches in Pakistan because you’ll go to Multan and Karachi, and you’ll get a similar flavour,” Raja told the BBC.
When Afridi heard Raja make this statement, he was surprised, and this is what he is reported as saying by Cricket Pakistan:
“I mean, the way Ramiz was saying, I was astonished to hear him claim that we couldn’t compose music like these. International matches have been taking place in Pakistan for a long time, but we still say things like this. Ramiz said that he wanted a turning track. I feel in this weather, it would have been something big.”
“Pakistan has no reason to change the nature of the pitch in Rawalpindi”: Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan has no cause to change the nature of the Rawalpindi match. The former all-rounder noted that the track has historically favoured pacers, which left him even more baffled by the lack of assistance given to fast bowlers.
“The Rawalpindi track has always favored quick bowlers with seam and bounce. Why did they change it at all? When it comes to the Rawalpindi pitch, I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve seen a number of domestic games there as well, but I’ve never seen a surface as flat as this one. It reminded me of the track in Faisalabad or Sialkot.”
Babar-led After being swept 3-0 by England in a home Test series, Pakistan has struggled on the field of late. In the two-match Test series against New Zealand, they played to a scoreless draw. Babar & Co. losing the three-match home ODI series to New Zealand dealt them yet another setback.