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Pakistan legend Wasim Akram slams Rawalpindi Test pitch

Jordan Carlisle February 4, 2021
Pakistan legend Wasim Akram slams Rawalpindi Test pitch
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Wasim Akram has criticised the condition of the pitch for the second Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Rawalpindi, as quoted by Saj Sadiq.

Pakistan elected to bat first after winning the toss on the morning of day one and moved to 145-3 from 58 overs before rain brought about an early close.

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It was an impressive recovery from the Green Shirts after losing three early wickets, but it was spin rather than pace that had done most of the damage.

Anrich Nortje had the under pressure Abid Ali (6) caught at short leg but left-arm orthodox Keshav Maharaj, who extracted spin from the surface from his very first delivery, removed both Imran Butt (15) and Azhar Ali (0).

Pakistan legend Wasim Akram slams Rawalpindi surface

That prompted Wasim Akram to raise concerns about the Rawalpindi pitch, which offered comparatively little for the South African seamers.

“I’m all for home advantage as far as the wicket is concerned, but then we wonder why we’re not having fast bowlers around,” said the Pakistan legend, as quoted by Saj Sadiq.

“Who would want to be a fast bowler on this type of pitch.”

Spin has always dominated on the subcontinent, just as swing and seam reign supreme in places like England and New Zealand.

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However, Akram clearly feels that things have gone too far and that there should always be some life in Test pitches regardless of the venue, otherwise young cricketers will be discouraged from pursuing fast bowling.

The issue doesn’t appear to be affecting the national team at present, with Shaheen Shah Afridi one of the most exciting young quick bowlers in the world and teenage sensation Naseem Shah also showing real promise.

If the first day’s play is anything to go by, though, it is spin that will do most of the damage in Rawalpindi, so Pakistan fans will hope Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali are on song once again.

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Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.