Pak Team management not happy with ICC

Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 10:58 [IST]
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Pakistan not happy with ICC

Karachi: Pakistan Team management is reportedly not happy with the International Cricket Council(ICC) for overseeing the preparation of the pitches for their Test series against Australia in England despite the fact that the series is a "home" one for Pakistan.

Pakistan Coach Waqar had asked the pitch curators to prepare spinner friendly pitch ahead of the Lords Test but his request was bluntly denied by the curators.

"Waqar was told that no one tells the curators in England what sort of pitches to prepare although the Pakistan coach just wanted a surface that was balanced and good for batting and also helped the spinners later on," one source said.

Sources also added that the Pakistan team were wary of the pitch that would be laid out during at Lords during their clash against the Aussies in the first Test match, as many players were young and were playing for the first time at Lords.

According to a report in the 'The News', the ICC is calling the shots in England as far as the pitch preparation is concerned for the two-Test series.

"In spite of being the 'home series' for Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has nothing to do with the pitch preparations and even the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are not being taken in confidence," the report said.

Reports also stated that the ICC had directly given instructions to the pitch curators and they were preparing the pitch according to their instruction.

"Since the series is being played at the neutral ground, the ICC wants it to be clean of controversies. We want a true cricketing pitch that helps all," an ICC official said in the report.

The two-Test series in England was originally scheduled in Pakistan in 2008 but then delayed after the Australians refused to tour Pakistan for security reasons.


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