Inzamam unhappy with pitches in Pakistan

Inzamam said he would like to see more sporting pitches in the Pakistan Cup one-day tournament in Faisalabad, in which the country’s top players are participating.

Pakistan chief selector Inzimam-ul-Haq lamented the pitches used for Pakistan's domestic cricket.   -  AP

Pakistan’s new chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is not happy with the state of pitches being used for the ongoing domestic one-day tournament in the country.

Inzamam said he would like to see more sporting pitches in the Pakistan Cup one-day tournament in Faisalabad, in which the country’s top players are participating.

“I don’t think the pitches presently in use generally in domestic cricket or in the Pakistan Cup will help produce quality cricketers. It is not my domain to speak on pitches but they play an important role in producing quality players in every format,” the former Pakistan captain said.

The Pakistan Cup, into its fifth day, has so far failed to produce high scoring matches and bowlers and batsmen have struggled on slow pitches with low bounce.

Inzamam said pitches for one-day cricket should not just encourage big totals but support bowlers as well.

He said the new selection committee would emphasise on picking players, who could perform under pressure and in tough conditions.

He said all players including seniors like Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal have to perform well in domestic cricket to keep the selectors on their toes.

The Pakistan Cup, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board, will serve as a platform for selectors to pick probables for the national conditioning camp that will be set up in Abbotabad from next month to prepare for the tour to England in July-August.

The PCB has allowed the team captains and coaches to pick their players but made it mandatory for teams to have at least two under-19 players in their squads.

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