Former Pakistan skipper slams PCB for producing flat tracks in the home series
Salman Butt, the former Pakistan skipper slams Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for producing flat wickets in their home series, and he also praised Babar Azam for his recent successes and added that a captain’s skills are honored in the Test cricket.
Salman Butt, the former Pakistan skipper slams Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for producing flat wickets in their home series. Butt was asked about the leadership skills of Babar Azam and he praised the current Pakistan skipper for his recent successes and added that a captain’s skills are honored in the Test cricket.
He went on to criticize PCB for preparing such tracks that do not allow a skipper to make strategies and go for a win. Earlier, Pakistan lost the home series to Australia, who visited the country after 24 years but the pitches used in those matches came under severe criticism.
“Babar has been captaining for a while now and he has achieved success in the home series against Australia and the team did well in the T20 World Cup last year too. He will improve with time.
“A captain’s skills and tactical ability are visible more in Test cricket and ODIs, which we play very less. Test cricket gives the best chance to see a captain’s ability but the kind of pitches we make at home takes everything away from a captain in terms of strategy.
“You can look at the pitch and say that spinners will play. A result is difficult to achieve even till the fifth day. One has to wait till the end to see if the pitch breaks. This doesn’t test a captain’s skill.
“To do that go and win in England. Or give tougher teams a run for their money. Pakistan has lost away from home in the past too but we would win matches,”Butt said.
He added that to win a Test match, a skipper needs a good bowling attack and although Pakistan has good bowlers, they still need more experience to start winning the games away from home.
“You can’t put the onus on the captain. Babar has a good attack but the bowlers are inexperienced and they haven’t played a lot of first-class cricket. Shaheen is a world-class talent but he also needs to gain more experience. The same is the case with spinners. We don’t have a spinner who can run through a batting order,”Butt added.
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja clarifies that the pitches were completely result-oriented and there was nothing wrong with them, people are passing misinformation and they will see the results soon.
“Against South Africa, Hasan Ali performed brilliantly (five-wicket hauls in both Tests) in Rawalpindi. Was that stadium somewhere else?”said Butt on his YouTube channel.
“So I don’t understand who is passing what information. Anyone who opens the stat will find out the truth. Pindi is a result-oriented pitch. In first-class matches, people complain that matches end here in 2.5 days.
“Please tell me what’s wrong with Pakistan pitches. Pitches aren’t bad, it’s the brains that are rotten. The people who are at the helm of cricketing affairs..it’s their weakness in underestimating themselves that we cannot play.”