Younis Khan supports Miandad's 'green pitch' policy

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Karachi, Sep.9 (ANI): Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan has backed the team's batting advisor, Javed Miandad's proposal of preparing bouncy practice tracks for the ICC Champions Trophy preparations.

Interacting with media persons here, Khan supported Miandad's idea of preparing grassy and bouncy pitches to prepare batsmen for the South African conditions for the eight nation tournament.

"It is a great idea as it will help us prepare for difficult conditions in South Africa," The News quoted Khan, as saying.

Miandad has ordered a new pitch at the Gaddaffi stadium with a tinge of green grass covering on it in order to give batsmen the feel of South African conditions where the ICC Champions Trophy is scheduled to commence from September 22.

"The idea is to get the batsmen to play on surfaces similar to those in South Africa. Cricket is all in the mind and if a player is mentally focused, he can succeed anywhere," Miandad said.

Miandad expressed hope that the batsmen would be able to acclimatize well in South African conditions.

"The playing conditions and pitches at the Wanderers and Centurion grounds are conducive to pace bowling and our batsmen need to be prepared to cope with the conditions there," Miandad said

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had roped in Miandad as a batting advisor to the national squad after the batting order failed miserably during the Sri Lanka series.

However, coach Intikhab Alam is not impressed with the idea of having green pitches.

Alam wants to see the players practice on all types of pitches during the ongoing conditioning camp. Alam is in favour of sporting tracks which encourage both bowlers and batsmen. (ANI)

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