According to sources, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has directed the commentary panel not to mention the pitch conditions during the ongoing second Test match between Pakistan and Australia at Karachi’s National Stadium. The commentators were also given the same orders during the first Test match at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, according to sources.
It appears that orders were provided to reduce pitch complaints and avoid demerit points from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
So far, the pitch conditions during the two games have been the most talked-about aspect of the historic series. The ICC rated the surface at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium as below-average because the batting-friendly conditions failed to provide a result. Throughout the five days, the surface stayed perfectly flat, allowing hitters to score significantly while bowlers were unable to gain any help.
The PCB chairman addressed to the criticism by stating that the pitch was designed to the strengths of a weakened Pakistani team.
The cricketing community had anticipated that the pitch conditions in the second Test match at National Stadium Karachi would be different, with something for both batsmen and bowlers to enjoy. So far, the pitch has been uncannily identical to that of the last Test, with little to no support for the bowlers.
The Australian batsmen found the surface to be pleasant to play on for more than two days, declaring their innings after the first hour of the third day. Despite Pakistani bowlers’ attempts to contain them, they reached 556/9.