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Inzy wants 'dry grass' on Faisalabad pitch

"I have told them to leave some grass on it, but dry grass, which lasts out for five days."

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 09:40 IST

Under fire for the flat track that resulted in a non-contest in Lahore, Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has asked for a grassy pitch for the second cricket Test that beginson Saturday.

"I have told them (curators) to leave some grass on it (pitch), but dry grass, which lasts out for five days. We played two Test matches against India two years ago in Lahore and Rawalpindi where they left live grass on the track and the side batting first lost badly," The News on Thursday quoted Inzamam as saying.

"I don't want that to happen in this series. When you have live grass, the ball seams around a lot on the first day and then the pitch eases out.

"But when you have dry grass, it remains consistent and the ball keeps on deviating off the blades and there is also spin on all five days."

The last time India toured Pakistan in the summer of 2004, the hosts bowled first in Lahore and after getting India out on the first day won the Test comfortably. In Rawalpindi they batted first and were bowled out for a low score and lost badly.

Probably to avoid such a situation, the curators prepared a flat lifeless track this time for the opening Test at Lahore where the bat dominated ball with five players getting into three figures and 1,089 runs being scored with just eight wickets falling.

Inzamam, however, defended himself saying that there was no grass on the Lahore pitch to begin with, so the question of shaving it off did not arise.

"People think we asked the curator to prepare such a dead track for the first Test but it is not true. There is talk I had the grass shaved off on the eve of the match but when there was no grass on it at all where does the question of having it shaved off come in," Inzamam said.

First Published: Jan 19, 2006 14:28 IST