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“The committee noted that during the South Africa tour batsmen struggled and considering the venue of the Champions Trophy it was decided that special pitches, which are close to the English conditions, would be prepared for the training camp.” -Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: Pakistan's cricket authorities Thursday ordered English-style pitches to help their struggling batsmen prepare for the Champions Trophy, to be played in England in June.

Pakistani batsmen had a woeful time on the fast and bouncy tracks in South Africa where they were whitewashed 3-0 in Tests and edged out 3-2 in the one-day series last month.

Teams from the sub-continent raised on slow, dry pitches have traditionally struggled in countries like England and South Africa, where conditions offer more help to quick bowlers.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided that after the South African debacle, in which the tourists were shot out for their lowest Test score of 49 in the first Test in Johannesburg, the team needed intense preparation for the eight-nation Champions Trophy to be held from June 6-23.

“The committee noted that during the South Africa tour batsmen struggled and considering the venue of the Champions Trophy it was decided that special pitches, which are close to the English conditions, would be prepared for the training camp,” a PCB release said.

The 10-day camp will be held at Abbottabad, north of Islamabad, while legendary paceman Wasim Akram will lead a separate 10-day fast bowling clinic in Karachi.

Wasim will later join the camp in Abbottabad for a few days, the PCB said.

Media reports said captain Misbah-ul Haq had suggested the team should prepare on fast pitches for the tournament, in which Pakistan face the West Indies, South Africa and arch-rivals India in the initial group stage.

Defending champions Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka make up the other group.

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subz Apr 04, 2013 08:40pm
Good idea. But PCB needs to introduce fast, bouncy and seaming pitches at the domestic level so the younger generation can develop skills to play in such conditions. It takes years to develop a good technique and a boot camp is not enough to compete and win in alien conditions. Another positive from having fast, bouncy and seaming pitches will be the emergence of more fast bowlers.
Omer Apr 04, 2013 10:26pm
Good move by the PCB!
Saleem Apr 05, 2013 01:14am
Good idea !!!
IFTIKHAR KHAN Apr 05, 2013 03:25am
Very good and smart thinking,our batsman has to know how to play swinging and short pitch balls too.
Dee Baig Apr 05, 2013 10:18am
Good idea a bit late but we are happy that finally PCB realize that our players need the fast and bouncy pitches to get trained on so they can play good cricket in other countries like S.Africa & Austria. One of the big reason that our players are able to perform well on English pitches because they never get a chance to play on fast pitches in Pakistan because most of the Pakistani pitches are very slow and have no charm for the fast bowler. I hope this new idea will help our players to improve their techniques. Apr 05, 2013 11:35am
Liitle interest left in watching Pakistan's cricket match. Its sad to say that team always carry extra burden in the form of expired playes specially Afridi, Younis, and Gul.
Sali Apr 05, 2013 03:15pm
Do you mean to say that they prepared for South Africa on Faisalabad batting tracks? This is common sense and why is it just happening now?
Merchant Apr 05, 2013 09:24pm
It is late but better then never.Similarly they should think about batting coach and psycologist for team on urgent basis.If we look at the defeats of Pakistan team on international tour,batsmen technique and mental strength are responsible.
kirther Apr 05, 2013 11:39pm
It is not the first time that Pakistan will be playing in England and full preparation must be done prior to any event, but, It appears that the Board and Selection Committee are trying to take refuge instead of accepting selection errors. Why is Misbah in the team with his mediocre record and not a single century in one day in all these years, what about his batting in the World Cup semi final in India, he has also missed winning opportunities and ended up loosing matches because of below par captaincy. Series win against England must be attributed to Saeed Ajmal and Rahman, he had no role in that win except for dropped catches.
s.m.mustafa Apr 06, 2013 11:04am
good idea by the pccb. but why for very short period. can pccb think that a month is enough for the team if yes then they are bunch of foolish people. they should prepear fast,seaming and bouncy track all over the country for ever. am sure this bunch of present players cant improve but the new generation could be benifited. and the way pakistan is humaliting may be not in the future.