Pakistan’s most successful Test captain Misbah Ul Haq, who continues to play domestic cricket despite retiring from international cricket, criticized the state of pitches used in the most prestigious domestic tournament, Quad-e-Azam Trophy.
Misbah Ul Haq, who is leading Sui Southern Gas Company, is unhappy with the number of wickets falling in a day in the tournament and he blames poor pitches for it.
“I have been playing with these players [on the domestic circuit] all my career, and I feel good. But there is some disappointment as well after watching the state of pitches in domestic cricket,” Misbah told ESPNCricinfo.
“This is supposed to be the most prestigious form of cricket after international cricket, but the standard of the tournament is very low,” he added.
Former skipper emphasized on improving wickets used in Pakistan’s domestic cricket to produce quality cricketers.
“I always have been insisting that these concerns need to be heeded and these problems addressed. You cannot produce better cricketers until you don’t improve the standard of the pitches,” he stated.
He is unimpressed with the fact that in some matches two complete batting lines have tumbled in a day.
“When 20-24 wickets are falling in a day, then it is a concern. Wickets are uneven, the ball keeps low and it is obvious that the pitches are underprepared It’s difficult for players,” he said.
One of the reasons for the poorly curated pitches is that there is not enough time for the ground staff between matches to prepare the strip.
A tournament featuring 69 four-day matches has to be played in just 86 days, with the final being played on December 16.
Moreover, during the break between first and the second round, the domestic T20 tournament has been scheduled. The first stage of the campaign will end of November 5 and the second stage will kick off from November 25.
Misbah urged the board to host domestic tournaments for some purpose rather than holding it just for the sake of an obligation.
“It will happen when you play back-to-back games with only a two-day gap, and it will be difficult to maintain a pitch. It takes time to prepare a good pitch for a game and nobody can make it in two days,” he said.
“Organising the first-class tournament only for the sake of obligation shouldn’t be the purpose; it should be played at a high standard. It should prepare us for Test match pitches,” he concluded.