Salman Butt has opened up on Pakistani pitches and how Babar Azam's captaincy has not been tested enough in red-ball cricket.

Former Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt has opened up on Pakistani pitches and how Babar Azam’s captaincy has not been tested enough in red-ball cricket.

Earlier this year, the Australian team toured Pakistan for a bilateral series after a gap of 24 years. The visitors won the 3-match series by a 1-0 margin. However, the nature of the tracks was criticized by leading cricket experts.

The pitches at Rawalpindi and Karachi stadiums for the first two Tests didn’t offer much assistance to bowlers. Moreover, the curators were scrutinized for making flat tracks.

Butt criticized Pakistani pitches and said that such pitches take away everything from a captain.

The subcontinent pitches are often helpful for spinners. However, Butt added that cracks were not visible on the playing surfaces, putting Pakistan on the backfoot.

He further hailed Babar Azam’s contribution as a captain in the shorter format of the game but felt that the current skipper hasn’t been tested enough in red-ball cricket due to the condition of pitches in Pakistan.

“The captain’s skill and tactical ability are more visible in Test cricket and ODIs, which we play less. Test cricket is the right format to see a captain’s ability, but the kind of pitches we make at home takes everything away from a captain in terms of strategy.”

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