Sarfaraz Nawaz terms Birmingham wicket as substandard

While terming the Birmingham wicket as “substandard” former fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in this regard.

“The wicket was not adequately rolled and right from the first day the ball started bouncing unevenly from the good-length area, which caused a lot of difficulty to the batsmen, especially to the left-handers. This is a sign of a substandard pitch. In my opinion, the PCB should have lodged a formal complaint with the ICC in this regard”, he said.

The outspoken erstwhile fast bowler minced no word in claiming that the home cricket board purposely prepared such a wicket.

“I have a feeling that after seeing the fragile batting line-up of Pakistan, the home board prepared such a strip on purpose”, he said.

To a question, Sarfaraz turned down the idea of appointing a batting coach for the national side, saying that the batting coach could not alter the technique of the players overnight. Sarfaraz Nawaz also said that the academy in Lahore was not serving the purpose.

“The academy has failed to produce the desired results. For the betterment of the game, work needs to be done at the grassroots level.

The PCB should engage local associations to revive club cricket and the idea of having specialist coaches would serve the purpose in a better way if applied at the lower level”.