Century-maker Yousuf laments lack of sporting pitches

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LAHORE, Nov 12 (Reuters) Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf played down his 20th test hundred scored today against the West Indies insisting there was a need to make more lively and balanced pitches in test cricket.

''The pitch is a flat one and there was nothing in it for the bowlers. Unfortunately cricket the world over is dominated by batsmen due to such pitches,'' Yousuf said after scoring an undefeated 107 on the second day of the first test.

The 32-year old, who made his sixth hundred of the year and his fifth at the Gaddafi stadium, said he had been seeing cricket played on flat wickets for the last 10 to 12 years.

''I don't support such type of pitches. I would like to see more lively and bouncy tracks the world over which support batsmen and bowlers,'' he said.

Six hundreds were scored at the Gaddafi stadium in January when Pakistan played India in a test with Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid putting on an opening stand of 411 runs.

West Indian paceman Jerome Taylor said: ''The pitch had absolutely nothing in it for the fast bowlers once the new ball spells were over. You can just try and bowl straight on it.'' Yousuf put down the West Indies being bowled out for a low score of 206 on the first day to lack of application from their batsmen and the overcast conditions and moisture in the pitch.


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