PCB angry with curators for failing to prepare fast pitches

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Lahore, Dec 24 (UNI) The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has slammed local curators for the failure of its project of preparing 90 bouncy tracks throughout the country.

''We wanted to have fast and bouncy tracks at various centres of the country for the current domestic season. A plan was made and given to the team of curators but they have failed to deliver,'' PCB Chief Oerating Officer Shafqat Naghmi was quoted as saying by the local media.

''We believe that the curators were unable to carry out the plans because they are not good enough for it. They have let us down,'' he said.

The Pakistan team's inability to cope with fast and bouncy pitches outside the sub-continent had prompted the PCB to prepare bouncy tracks at home in a bid to help their batsmen cope better during foreign tours.

According to the PCB plan, ten cricket venues were to have nine pitches each. New wickets were to be laid in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad and Quetta.

But the project failed to get underway. The current domestic season is underway and according to experts most of the wickets used for the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy are far from being sporting tracks.

The PCB is now planning to get 'foreign help' to ensure that lively tracks are prepared all over the country for the next season.

According to Naghmi the PCB is preparing to take action against its team of local curators. Because of their non-performance, their salaries are unlikely to be increased.


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