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Rawalpindi Pitch Rated ‘Below Average’, Venue Receives 1 Demerit Point

Rawalpindi Pitch Rated ‘Below Average’, Venue Receives 1 Demerit Point

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday has rated the pitch used for first Test between Pakistan and Australia as ‘below average’.

ICC Elite Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle forwarded his report back to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), stating that the Pindi Cricket Stadium pitch ‘hardly changed’ over the course of the sport. At the identical time, he gave one demerit level underneath the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, which is to stay lively for a rolling interval of 5 years.

“The character of the pitch hardly changed over the course of five days and that there has been no deterioration apart from the bounce getting slightly lower,” Madugalle’s report said.

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“The pitch did not have a great deal of pace and bounce in it for the seamers nor assisted the spinners as the match progressed. In my view this does not represent an even contest between bat and ball.  Therefore, in keeping with the ICC guidelines I rate this pitch as below average,” it additional learn.

In the primary Test, Pakistan declared their first innings on 476-4 declared after opting to at first. In response, the guests had been bundled out for 449 after spinner Nauman Ali scalped six wickets. The hosts then scored 252 for no loss of their second innings earlier than the sport resulted in a draw.

Earlier, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja defended the Pindi Stadium monitor, stating that Pakistan has ready low-bouncy tracks for the Australia tour, preserving in thoughts the host’s energy in opposition to a tricky opponent.

Meanwhile, Australia batter David Warner on Thursday mentioned he expects a greater floor for the second Test in Karachi, starting from Saturday.

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“I just want a game where you can actually create 20 chances. It’s something that’s going to be exciting and entertaining for the crowd,” Warner mentioned.

(With Agency Inputs)

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