Ramiz Raja, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was not amused by a recent question posed by a reporter, and he immediately expressed his dislike of it with a frustrated response. After more than 500 runs were scored on Day 1 of the Test, the PCB came under fire for the sort of surface that was set up in Rawalpindi for the present Test between Pakistan and England.
This has happened before; in fact, a similar incident occurred during Australia’s March visit to Pakistan. Pakistan was able to draw closer to the total of 657 set by England in their first innings when the third day of play was over. Social media has been very loud about it, despite the fact that the pitch offers absolutely no assistance to the bowlers. A reporter brought up the earlier incident with the pitch to the PCB chief, who was present at the stadium.
“We are excited about the prospect of playing the WTC final. This is an important series for that. We have a golden chance to achieve that if we win four of the five Tests to come. We got around a week to prepare for the series, so that was great and has given us some edge and momentum.
The best thing was that first-class matches were on, so some of the players were already playing red-ball cricket,” Babar told in the pre-match conference earlier. “In such cases what type of pitches we have had? Because Babar had said that we have a golden chance here?” asked the reporter to Ramiz as quoted by Hindustan Times
Ramiz was incensed by the inquiry, and he responded to the reporter bluntly. “Phir wohi baat kar rahe hain, aap khel le phir (Again you are saying the same thing…you go and play then),” responded Ramiz. After the first innings is over, Pakistan is still down by 78 runs despite scoring 579 in the first innings.