The first test match played between Pakistan and Australia in Rawalpindi was drawn and the match was boring in terms of spectators as well. After which the ICC took action and the match referee described the pitch as ‘below average.’
The ICC has been trying to make Test matches exciting and for this reason, Day-Night pink ball matches have started in Test cricket as well. The ICC has also started the ‘World Test Championship’ to promote the Test format and ICC is constantly trying to engage the audience with the Test matches and promote this format as much as possible.
In the first test match played between Pakistan and Australia, along with the experts, the spectators also called the pitch very bad for the bowlers and criticized Rawalpindi’s pitch. Despite 5 days of play in Rawalpindi, no result came out and the match was quite boring in terms of spectators.
The Emirates ICC Elite Panel match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated Rawalpindi’s pitch and termed the pitch as a ‘below-average’. Ranjan Madugalle also gave one demerit point to this pitch in Rawalpindi under the pitch and outfield monitoring process.
Ranjan Madugalle said that “the nature of the pitch remained the same for the five days and the pitch was more favorable for the batters. There was not much help for both the spin and the fast bowler in the middle, due to which the batsmen dominated in this match. And in my view, this pitch did not represent properly the contest between bat and ball in Test cricket, due to which I gave the pitch a ‘below-average’ rating under ICC guidelines.” as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Former Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and fast bowler Mohammad Amir also criticized the pitch a lot and on their social media accounts.
is pitch pe to bowlers ko ghar chale jana chaye batman's ek doosre k sath khail lein😅😅😅😅. #PakVsAustraila
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) March 7, 2022
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Rameez Raja also took to his social media account to apologize to all the spectators and said that draw is never a good advertisement of Test cricket.