Pak vs. NZ: Pindi pitches to favor hitters
The last changes are being made to the pitches in RAWALPINDI, as the white-ball games between Pakistan and New Zealand will now be played at Pindi Stadium, starting with the fourth T20I on Thursday.
The News reported on Tuesday that the Pindi Stadium has set up four fields for the four foreign games that will be held there.
It should be noted that the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave another demerit point to the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in December of last year for a “below average” rating. However, the situation has changed since then, as local and international cricketers have been able to hit with incredible power at the stadium.
Even in Test cricket, there have been a lot of sixes. For example, on the first day of the last Test between Pakistan and England, a record 500 runs were scored. The same thing happened in the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where winning goals of over 240 runs could be reached in 20 overs.
When there is no grass on the wicket at Pindi Stadium, the surface gives players great chances to score runs because the ball hits the bat at the right speed and height.
This time won’t be any different, especially in the two T20Is left against New Zealand.
Head Curator Sarfraz Ahmad told the newspaper, “We have set up different fields for the four games that will be played at the Pindi Stadium over the next 12 days.”
“Pindi’s pitches always make bowlers want to play there because they are so good. Even when there is no grass on the pitch, a bowler who bends his back and throws quickly can get something out of it.
He thinks that the pitch for the two T20Is will be good for hitting, but that doesn’t mean the bowler won’t be able to do anything with it. A player who can take wickets can also make a name for himself.
“But the pitch for the T20I games will be pretty much the same as it was for the PSL games in March,” said Ahmad.
He also said that most of the people who come to the T20Is want to see big hits and smooth shots.
“In order to keep cricket fans interested, T20 pitches should be tilted more toward the batter. The surfaces are being arranged with this in mind,” he said.
The first of the two ODIs in the five-match series will also be played at Pindi Stadium.
“For the one-day series, work is being done to get the tracks ready for the first two games. There might be a little green there for the first two ODIs. Even the tiniest grass would be no match for a real fast bowler. Still, the pitch will be good for stroke play as well. He said, “These pitches will get a lot of points.”
The crowds in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, on the other hand, don’t know what will happen on April 20.
“We don’t know who will watch the fourth Twenty20 International on “Chand Raat.” Friday could be Eid ul Fitr, depending on how the moon looks. But we’d pray differently. Leading club player Faisal Suleman said, “We think Eid will be on Saturday so that people can fully enjoy the fourth T20I.”