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“Does it come from Babar”: Simon Doull inquires if Babar Azam asks for flat pitches to improve batting stats

Rishikesh Sharma

"Does it come from Babar": Simon Doull inquires if Babar Azam asks for flat pitches to improve batting stats

The ongoing 2nd test of the 2-match test series between Pakistan and New Zealand at the National Stadium in Karachi is heading toward a draw. After a drawn first test in Karachi, it was expected that the pitch will be better in the 2nd match, but the case is more or less the same.

Both sides scored in the excess of 400 runs in their 1st innings, where New Zealand scored 449 runs and Pakistan scored 408 runs. The game is already on the 2nd session of day four, and it will require something extraordinary to get a result out of this game.

It is certain that the pitches in Pakistan are getting a lot of criticism from around the world. There is absolutely nothing on the wicket for both batters and the bowlers. Recently, New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan compared Karachi’s wicket to a flat road.

Simon Doull inquires if Babar Azam asks for flat pitches

Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull is doing commentary in the ongoing test series between Pakistan and New Zealand. He was quite furious over the nature of wickets in Pakistan. He even questioned who is directing the curators to make such kinds of wickets in test matches.

Doull went on to ask whether Babar Azam asked them to make these pitches so that he can bat well and improve his batting records. Babar has certainly batted well on these tracks, he was the best batter of the side in the last series against England, and he has batted well in this series too.

“Where does that directive comes from? Does it come from Babar who wants to bat on a road and improve his own stats?,” Simon Doull said on air.

These kinds of surfaces are not really helping test cricket in Pakistan. The series against Australia was criticized for the same, whereas the same was the case in England series as well. England played their own aggressive brand of cricket to get results, which is not feasible for other teams.

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Rishikesh Sharma

Rishikesh Sharma


An engineering graduate and an ardent sports fan, Rishikesh Sharma is covering cricket for three years now after not making peace with a corporate life and has written more than 5000 articles. While Sourav Ganguly made him fall in love with the sport, Brendon McCullum and Gautam Gambhir enhanced it. Apart from cricket, Rishikesh is a huge fan of Liverpool FC. When not watching sports, you will find him riding around Jaipur.

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