Inzamam, Latif not happy with Lahore pitch
Pakistan may have won the first T20I match by five wickets on Friday (January 24), chasing Bangladesh’s score of 141 runs, former Pakistan captains Inzamam-ul-Haq and Rashid Latif were not quite impressed with the quality of the pitch in Lahore.
Inzamam, who also used to be a former chief selector, claimed that Pakistan’s chase of 142 looked difficult on the pitch. He also did not feel it like a T20 match, and called on the curators to make it better.
“It didn’t feel like a T20 match to me at all,” he said. “I request the the curators to make a better pitch. People come to watch fours and sixes in a T20 match. The pitch was so difficult that even 142 runs was looking like a big target.”
“We need pitches where the average score is 190 or 200 runs, so our batsmen get accustomed to chasing big scores. Similarly, it will help our bowlers to learn how to contain batsman on flat pitches.”
Inzamam also brought reference of Australia, who have a completely difference preference and approach for T20 matches. “Australia prepare flat tracks for T20 matches where big totals are a norm, so we need to follow suit.”
Meanwhile, Latif also echoed same sentiments, noting that the pitch should be improved, specially with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) looming on the horizon.
“It is difficult to make a good pitch in winters. We have [the] PSL coming up and the pitches are likely to behave in a same manner in PSL,” said Latif.
“If [the] PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) tries hard, they can make a pitch where average score would be 160 to 170 runs. We are not asking for a 200-run pitch, but 140 runs in a T20 is too low a score according to modern cricket.”
Thanks to Shoaib Malik’s 58-not out off 45 balls (including five boundaries), Pakistan cruised to victory with three balls to spare and took a vital 1-0 lead in the series.
Pakistan’s successful chase did not see any over boundary.