Rawalpindi pitch used for first England-Pakistan Test rated as `below average`


The Rawalpindi pitch that was used during the first Test Pakistan And England have received a ‘below average’ rating from the ICC from December 1-5.

This is the second demerit point for the venue this year. The pitch used for the first Test between Pakistan and Australia March, where a total of 1187 runs were scored and only 14 wickets fell in five days, was also rated “below average”.

While the first Test of the series, which England managed to win by 74 runs after scoring 506 on the first day, saw batsmen from both teams score seven centuries, the pitch was criticized for providing little assistance to the bowlers throughout the five-day period. . competition.

PCB chairman Rameez Raja termed the pitch as ‘disgraceful’ during the lunch break on the second day of the first Test and now the ICC seems to agree.

“It was a very flat pitch which offered almost no assistance to any type of bowler. This was the main reason why the batsmen scored very quickly and both sides made big scores.”

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ICC match referee Andy Pycroft said, “The pitch hardly deteriorated during the match. As there was little in it for the bowlers, I found the pitch to be “below average” according to ICC guidelines.”

The ICC also said that Pycroft’s report on the Rawalpindi pitch has been forwarded to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). This means that the venue has now received two demerit points from consecutive Tests under the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process and could be at risk of being suspended from hosting any international cricket if more demerit points are awarded.

Demerit points remain active for a period of five years and when a venue accumulates five demerit points it is suspended from staging any international cricket for 12 months. Having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, England now aim for a rare series sweep in Pakistan when the third and final Test takes place in Karachi from December 17-21.


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