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Interim chief selector Afridi inspects pitch for second PAK-NZ Test

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KARACHI: The chief of the Men’s Interim National Selection Committee Shahid Afridi on Saturday, inspected the pitch being prepared for the upcoming second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at National Bank Cricket Arena.

According to the details, Afridi, who was busy with his eldest daughter’s wedding ceremony, got back to work soon after as he visited the National Bank Cricket Arena in the morning and inspected the pitch.

In this regard, the former Pakistan captain also interacted with the groundsmen and instructed them to prepare a more lively and bouncy pitch for the second Test.

 

Following the inspection, Afridi also had a brief interaction with the media here and emphasized the importance of lively pitches to make sure the safeguarding of the bowlers and also termed it as the only way forward for Pakistan cricket.

“We cannot move forward if we keep playing on the pitches we played in the past. We want to modernize and improvise our cricket. Such pitches can prove to be harmful to the bowlers,” said Afridi.

“Good pitches can be made in Pakistan and we will try to make a bouncy pitch for the second Test,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention that the pitch for the recently-concluded first Test turned out to be a nightmare for the bowlers, especially the pacers as a mammoth 1422 runs were scored in response to 28 wickets.

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