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Pakistan fans slam ‘pathetic’ Rawalpindi pitch and call it a ‘disgrace to cricket’

‘We waited so long for this series and this is what we get!’: Pakistan fans slam ‘pathetic’ Rawalpindi pitch and call it a ‘disgrace to cricket’ as England smash 506 on a crazy opening day in their first Test match in the country for 17 years

Pakistan supporters were left incredulous as a lifeless pitch was produced for the first visit of England’s Test team to the country in 17 years. 

Brendon McCullum’s side picked up where they left off in the summer with a brutal display of run-scoring as four batsman – Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Harry Brook – all reached centuries. Joe Root the only member of the top five to miss out. 

Despite the day being cut short – with only 75 overs being bowled owing to bad light – England reached 506/4 at the close, the highest score ever by a team on the opening day of a Test and the fastest a team has ever reached 500. 

Pakistan supporters blasted the Rawalpindi pitch as England reached 506/4 at the close

Pakistan’s attack were left once again cursing the pitch with the flat Rawalpindi deck offering them nothing in shades of their series against Australia earlier this year. 

Reacting to the scarcely believable events, supporters of the host country criticised the wicket and said that they deserve better than the wickets served up. 

‘The excited and crazy cricket fans of Rawalpindi and Islamabad do not deserve pitches-cum-roads being curated for the Test cricket at Pindi Cricket Stadium,’ one supporter wrote. 

Zak Crawley reached his third Test century as him and Ben Duckett laid the foundations for England

Zak Crawley reached his third Test century as him and Ben Duckett laid the foundations for England

Ben Duckett - playing his first Test in six years - reached a blistering ton to ensure a glorious return

Ben Duckett – playing his first Test in six years – reached a blistering ton to ensure a glorious return

Another appeared more existential, intimating that the death of Test cricket will come as a result of pitches such as these being produced. 

‘Pitches like these are the reason Test cricket will die,’ they wrote. 

Another suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should be ‘ashamed’ of what they produced for the first Test. 

‘Pakistan is currently the worst country in the world for hosting a Test match,’ they wrote. ‘PCB should be ashamed of their pitch. Disappointing their fans time and time again.’

Ollie Pope (pictured) soon followed but England's batsman were helped by a lifeless pitch

Ollie Pope (pictured) soon followed but England’s batsman were helped by a lifeless pitch

The PCB had come in for criticism when Australia visited the country earlier this year in a tight series that the tourists edged 1-0. The three-match series was defined by long innings, aided by flat wickets that offered little – if any – help to toiling bowlers. 

Few spells of exciting contests between bat and ball were exhibited, with Pakistan and Australia’s batsmen both taking the upper hand for large swathes of the series. Only 14 went down in the first Test between the two countries – a game labelled by Wisden as one of the ‘dullest’ in history. 

Harry Brook looked for a short while to be heading for England's fastest ever Test century

Harry Brook looked for a short while to be heading for England’s fastest ever Test century

‘This pitch is an absolute disgrace to test cricket. We waited do long for this series and this is what we got,’ one supporter wrote. ‘Shame on you Ramiz Raja. Cricket is for entertainment if you continue making pitches like this people will stop watching Test cricket in Pakistan.’

Another supporter called watching Test cricket in Pakistan ‘torture’. 

‘Watching test cricket in Pakistan is nothing short than torture. Such kind of pitches are truly a disgrace to our bowling unit, I feel sorry for them,’ they wrote on social media. 

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