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Karachi pitch ideal for batting: Curator

There is no devil in the Karachi track which has seen most of the batsmen fail to put up a good score.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 14:47 IST

There is no devil in the Karachi track which has seen most of the batsmen fail to put up a good score, according to the chief curator of National Stadium where the third cricket Test between India and Pakistan is in progress.

Ehsan Arain said even though the bowlers have made merry on the pitch, it was also an "ideal" wicket for batting.

"The roots and base of the pitches at this stadium are very strong which is why there is movement off the surface. But the even bounce and hardness makes it ideal for batting also if you get your eye in like we saw in Kamran Akmal's batting," Arain said.

Arain said he was satisfied with the way the pitch behaved throughout the first day of the Test, adding that its character would not change as the match progressed.

"The character will not change much on all five days even though we cut off the grass each day in the morning. But since we keep the pitch covered in the night, the grass only grows rapidly in this period so the bowlers will be able to keep on seaming the ball around and the bounce will also remain consistent," he was quoted as saying by local daily The News on Monday.

Irfan Pathan and Mohammad Asif had in particular exploited the conditions beautifully, he said.

Arain also revealed that he had got a pat by PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan for preparing a lively and Test result-oriented track after the Board came in for flak for the placid tracks in Lahore and Faisalabad where the Tests ended in tame draws.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 14:47 IST