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Pak not happy with ICC overseeing pitch preparation

Karachi: Pakistan team management is not happy with the International Cricket Council overseeing the preparation of the pitches for their Test series against Australia in England despite the fact that the series is a “home” one for Pakistan.

Coach Waqar Younis was upset when his feedback was not welcomed by the curator at the Lord’s ground while preparing the pitch for the first Test starting on Tuesday.

“Waqar was told that no one tells the curators in England what sort of pitches to prepare although the Pakistan coach just wanted a surface that was balanced and good for batting and also helped the spinners later on,” one source said.

Sources said Pakistan camp was wary over the sort of pitch they will encounter in the first Test as the team included several players who had never played before at the historic ground.

According to a report in the ‘The News’, the ICC is calling the shots in England as far as the pitch preparation is concerned for the two-Test series.

“In spite of being the ‘home series’ for Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has nothing to do with the pitch preparations and even the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are not being taken in confidence,” the report said.

The report said the ICC was looking after the pitch preparations and curators are taking guidance straight from the game’s governing body.

“Since the series is being played at the neutral ground, the ICC wants it to be clean of controversies. We want a true cricketing pitch that helps all,” an ICC official said in the report.

The two-Test series in England was originally scheduled in Pakistan in 2008 but then delayed after the Australians refused to tour Pakistan for security reasons.

The one-day matches of the series has already been played in the UAE last year.

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