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PCB desperate for a green top

Two Karachi pitches have already been finalised, which have much more grass and moisture than the ones in Lahore and Faisalabad.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 18:50 IST

With Lahore and Faisalabad tracks yielding runs by tons, a desperate Pakistan Cricket Board is making all-out efforts to prepare a green top for the series decider starting in Karachi on January 29.

Ehsan Arain, the curator at the National Stadium, the venue for the third Test, has already finalised two pitches which have much more grass and moisture than the ones in Lahore and Faisalabad, which produced two run feasts with 10 centuries so far.

The tracks in Karachi should help seam bowlers find some help from the wicket, provided these are allowed to remain the way these are at the moment.

The PCB has also sent its chief curator Agha Zahid and senior groundsman Haji Bashir to look after the final preparations in the lead up to the match.

"Given the present condition of the tracks in Karachi, if these are left as these are, 90 per cent chances are these will produce a result in the final Test," a PCB source was quoted as saying inThe News.

A lot has been said about who has the final word on the nature of pitches in the series with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan and Zahid blaming the cold weather and lack of sunshine in Punjab and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq insisting he has had no role to play in this matter.

"We should know in the next couple of days who exactly is responsible for having a final word in what sort of pitch is prepared for this Test series," the Board source said.

A former player has said that though similar pitches were provided for the series against England, which Pakistan won 2-0, they were not likely to give the desired result against India.

"We had similar sort of pitches against England but their batsmen were not equipped to play in the Pakistani conditions and we won. The Indians, however, are well versed with our pitches and it would be much more difficult trying to bowl them out twice in the Tests. If we want to beat them, we need to have tracks that support the fast bowlers because their spin attack is also very experienced," he said.

It has also been learnt that while Inzamam and Woolmer might not be averse to a seamer-friendly surface, some home players are not too keen on a green-top.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 18:50 IST