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Ramiz Raja slammed for drop-in pitches by Aqib Javed and Javed Miandad

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Ramiz Raja seems to be on a mission for revamping the state of cricket affairs in Pakistan. The PCB chairman instigated fearless decision-making from the leadership group, convinced the ICC for the hosting of the 2025 Champions Trophy, and has hinted at women’s PSL in the future. Emphasizing the need for better pitches, the PCB chairman recently announced the installation of two drop-in pitches in a signed memorandum between the Pakistan Cricket Board and Arif Habib Group.

Slamming the decision, former Pakistan bowler Aqib Javed that drop-in pitches are not necessary and that 4 -5 pitches with different soil could have been prepared in entire Pakistan with the amount of money. In his own words, “NewZealand aur Australia mein yeh use hoti hain aur isliye hoti hain kyunki vahan par stadium ek se zyada sports ke liye use hote hain. (The drop in pitches are mostly used in NewZealand and Australia because the stadiums there normally host multiple sports)”

Speaking further, “Quality ka fark nahin padta aapki pitch ka. Jitna paise inhone do pitches ke liye announce kiya hai usse poore pakistan mein aapke jitne stadiums hain, unmein aap 4-4 pitches different soil se banayein. (There is no difference in quality. The amount of money they have allotted for drop-in pitches could instead be used for preparing 4-4 pitches of different soil reflecting different conditions)”

Earlier, Javed Miandad had also criticized the move to install drop-in pitches by Ramiz Raja. Miandad said that the existing pitches in Pakistan have produced world-class players. “There is no need of drop-in pitches in Pakistan, every kind of pitch is made in Pakistan. We also became world-class players by playing on these pitches,” said Miandad.”

Ramiz Raja earlier said that Pakistan has not been able to deal with the extra bounce and pace in the away tours

It was reported earlier that the cost of the drop-in pitches to be installed in Karachi will be around INR 37 crore. Pakistan has always had a tough time touring Australia and England when their batsman struggled with the bounce and seam movement. With the help of drop-in pitches, players would be able to acclimatize to the challenging environment which awaits them in the touring country.

Pakistan meanwhile is looking to host the seventh season of PSL in January 2022. There have been few surprises with the shuffling of players such as Afridi who will play for Quetta Gladiators. Kamran Akmal earlier withdraw from the competition upon being demoted to the Silver category, but has eventually agreed to play for Peshawar Zalmi.

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