Thursday, March 10, 2022
KARACHI: Pakistan team's batting coach Mohammad Yousaf has backed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja's statement regarding taking "home advantage" while making pitches.
The first Test of the Pakistan vs Australia series in Rawalpindi ended in a draw and was followed by immense criticism due to the batting-friendly behaviour of the pitch throughout the tournament.
After Raja, Yousaf has also emphasised taking "home advantage" while making pitches for the series.
"Every home team makes the pitches favourable for their players, so did we," the batting coach reiterated while talking to the press via a video link.
"Heavy rollers taken by Australia and the lack of sunlight are also the reasons behind such behaviour of the pitch. But teams prepare pitches at home according to their strength and our batters performed up to our expectations," he shared.
Yousaf praised the opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique and said that "Pakistan's Test batting future is bright".
"Imam and Abdullah were absolutely fantastic with their batting performance," he said while acknowledging their records.
The former cricketer revealed his coaching mantra and also shared his conversation with Abdullah after which the youngster scored his maiden Test hundred.
"I always believe in listening to the players more than telling them about the game. Abdullah and I had a conversation before the second innings and I tried to listen to him.
"He was keen towards his technique but just needed a breakthrough which he got in his second chance. And now, the results are in front of you," the legendary cricketer told reporters.
Yousaf predicted a result-oriented second Test after looking at the pitch during their training session here on Thursday.
"We examined the pitch today during training and it looks good. Karachi pitches have given results in the recent past and I hope the same happens this time around, too," he said.
"Our preparations are complete and we are really looking forward to continuing our momentum. This Test championship series is important for both the teams and players know it very well," he concluded.