The fun loving Twitter handle of Iceland Cricket has dished out a no-chill statement aimed at the toothless Karachi pitch on offer during the ongoing PAK vs NZ Test match.
Notably, the first day of the second test between Pakistan and NZ saw the batsmen dominate a major chunk of the proceedings. The bowlers toiled to no avail as at one point, NZ after opting to bat were bossing the game at 234 for one.
Iceland Cricket takes a hilarious dig at the flat nature of Karachi Pitch
The first wicket stand between Devon Conway and Tom Latham was worth 134 runs and came at almost four runs per over.
Once Latham fell, Devon (122) went ballistic en route to his century and participated in another 100-run stand for 2nd wicket with Kane Williamson.
Taking a brutal dig at the Karachi pitch that has witnessed two century stands in a day, Iceland Cricket has labelled it a road where batsmen (like vehicles) should be paying tolls and taxes.
Another completely untroubled century partnership on the Karachi road.
They should introduce some tolls and tax the run.
— Iceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) January 2, 2023
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a 100+ partnership has been witnessed at Karachi. The 3rd Pakistan vs England test (December 17-20) had also seen two century stands; one each from PAK and ENG.
The aforementioned match was won by England, who had raced away to 170 for 2 @6rpo on a Day Four pitch.
The joke of a pitch was subjected to criticism back then and it was hoped that an even contest will be there to see during the PAK vs NZ Test that was assigned to Karachi National Stadium.
However, as Iceland Cricket has pointed out in their brutal tweet, the pitch at Karachi is still no better than a road. To be honest, it is much smoother than most roads in our continent.
Getting a result at a stripe that does not deteriorate much across the match demands an attacking approach and that is exactly what New Zealand has resorted to to end the day at 309, striking at almost 3.5 runs per over.
Though 6 wickets have fallen in the first day’s play, it is worth taking note that they are a result of the reverse swing masterclass from Naseem Shah combined with Agha Salman’s disciplined off-breaks. Not the pitch.