Salman Butt has slammed the Rawalpindi pitch, which is internet hosting the continuing first Take a look at between England and Pakistan, after the guests scored 500+ runs on Day 1. The previous Pakistan captain took a dig on the directors and pitch curator, citing that the turf does not supply any help to both spin or tempo bowlers.
Talking on his YouTube channel, Butt mentioned:
“13:50 – They don’t wan’t to play spin or tempo. Play a Ludo sequence.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja additionally slammed Rawalpindi’s pitch. He mentioned that such pitches belong to the Darkish Ages. They aren’t a fantastic commercial for Take a look at cricket.
Talking to reporters, Raja was quoted as saying by Geo Information:
“We stay at nighttime ages of pitches in Pakistan. It’s embarrassing for us, particularly when you have a cricketer as chairman.”
“We have to bat a minimum of 4 periods” – Salman Butt on Babar Azam and Co.
Butt feels Babar Azam and Co. ought to bat for a minimum of 4 periods in the event that they want to attain a rating of round 600-650. He additionally warned that the character of the pitch might change, so they need to play longer to keep away from batting within the fourth innings.
On this, he mentioned:
“16:42 – We hope to attain a minimum of 600 or 650. We have to bat a minimum of 4 periods until Day 4 lunch. If there’s some unevenness within the pitch and one thing occurs, we additionally need to play the fourth innings.”
In response to England’s 657, Pakistan have been 259/2 after 76 overs, with captain Babar Azam and Azhar Ali on the crease. Openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq stitched a 225-run partnership for the primary wicket to present the proper platform for middle-order batters.
Earlier on Day 1, 4 totally different England batters – Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Harry Brooks – hit centuries.
Zahid Mahmood was the choose of the bowlers for Pakistan with 4 wickets however conceded 235 runs. Naseem Shah additionally scalped three wickets, whereas Mohammad Ali took two wickets. Debutant Haris Rauf additionally took his maiden wicket in Checks.