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Shahid Afridi lashes out at Ramiz Raja for changing nature of Rawalpindi pitch

CricketShahid Afridi lashes out at Ramiz Raja for changing nature of Rawalpindi pitch

Srinagar: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board Chairmain Ramiz Raja for turning Rawalpindi pitch into dead track.

The ongoing First Test match between Pakistan and England has been a nightmare for bowlers producing tons of runa on the first two days of play.

Everyone in th Cricket World has termed pitch as dead one which is bad for the cricket.

PCB chief Ramiz Raja has also called it an “embarrassment” but former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi lashed out at Raja for not being sure on the matter pertaining to preparation of Test match pitches.

Speaking to BBC Test Match Special on Friday, Ramiz admitted saying, “I have really not cracked the code regarding a Test match pitch, unfortunately. Absolutely (disappointed with this pitch). The reason why I’m stressing on drop-in pitches in Pakistan is because you’ll go to Multan and Karachi, and you’ll get a similar flavor. We don’t get bounce, it’s to do with clay, how we prepare a pitch – I don’t know what’s happening.”

However Shahid Afridi has lashed out at Raja for changing nature of the pitch.

“The way Ramiz was speaking…I mean I was shocked to listen him saying that we cannot make tracks like these. International matches have been going on in Pakistan for such a long time but then we say stuff like these. Ramiz said that he wanted a turning track I feel in this weather it would have been something big. Rawalpindi track has always been for the fast bowlers with seam and bounce. Why did they even change it? We now fear losing this Test and we want to win but don’t know the technique,” he told Samaa TV.

“If we are talking about the Rawalpindi pitch, I have never seen a track like this. I have a lot of domestic games as well there, but I have never seen a pitch like this which is so flat. It reminded me of Faisalabad or Sialkot track. The four big venues – Multan, Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi – I have seen fast bowlers enjoy those tracks because of the bounce. In fact, there was a time when we used to see a lot many fast bowlers coming from Rawalpindi,” Afridi added.

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