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Pakistani fans slam Rawalpindi pitch as “pathetic” and call it a “disgrace to cricket”

‘We waited so long for this series and this is what we got!’: Pakistan fans slam Rawalpindi ground as ‘pathetic’ and call it a ‘disgrace to cricket’ as England crush 506 on crazy opening day in their first test match in the country for 17 years

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Pakistan supporters were left in disbelief when a lifeless pitch ensued for the England Test team’s first visit to the country in 17 years.

Brendon McCullum’s side picked up where they left off in the summer with a brutal run-scoring display as four batsmen – Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Harry Brook – all reached centuries. Joe Root, the only member of the top five to miss it.

Despite the day being cut short, with just 75 overs due to poor light, England reached 506/4 in the end, the highest score ever achieved by a team on the opening day of a Test and the fastest a team has ever achieved. has reached 500.

The Pakistan supporters trashed the Rawalpindi pitch as England reached 506/4 late on.

The Pakistan supporters trashed the Rawalpindi pitch as England reached 506/4 late on.

Pakistan’s attack was once again left cursing the flat-roofed Rawalpindi pitch that offered them nothing in a repeat of their series against Australia earlier this year.

Reacting to the barely credible events, supporters of the host country criticized the wicket, saying they deserve better than wickets served.

“The enthusiastic and crazy cricket fans of Rawalpindi and Islamabad do not deserve to have pitches and paths chosen for Test cricket at Pindi Cricket Stadium,” wrote one follower.

Zak Crawley reached his third Test century as he and Ben Duckett laid the foundation for England.

Zak Crawley reached his third Test century as he and Ben Duckett laid the foundation for England.

Zak Crawley reached his third Test century as he and Ben Duckett laid the foundation for England.

Ben Duckett, playing his first Test in six years, hit a dizzying ton to ensure a glorious return.

Ben Duckett, playing his first Test in six years, hit a dizzying ton to ensure a glorious return.

Ben Duckett, playing his first Test in six years, hit a dizzying ton to ensure a glorious return.

Another seemed more existential, hinting that the death of Test cricket will only be hastened by pitches like these being produced.

“Pitches like these are the reason Test cricket will die,” they wrote.

Another suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should be ‘ashamed’ of what they produced for the first Test.

“Pakistan is currently the worst country in the world to host a test match,” they wrote. ‘PCB should be ashamed of their speech. Letting his fans down time and time again.’

Ollie Pope (pictured) soon followed, but the England batsman was helped by a lifeless pitch.

Ollie Pope (pictured) soon followed, but the England batsman was helped by a lifeless pitch.

Ollie Pope (pictured) soon followed, but the England batsman was helped by a lifeless pitch.

The PCB had come under fire when Australia visited the country earlier this year in a close series which the tourists beat 1-0. The three-match series was defined by long innings, aided by flat wickets that offered little, if any, help to the bowlers.

Few episodes of exciting bat-and-ball contests were shown, with batsmen from Pakistan and Australia taking the lead for large swaths of the series. Only 14 were lost in the first Test between the two countries, a game described by Wisden as one of the “dullest” ever.

Harry Brook briefly sought to target the fastest Test century in England's history.

Harry Brook briefly sought to target the fastest Test century in England's history.

Harry Brook briefly sought to target the fastest Test century in England’s history.

‘This ground is an absolute disgrace to try cricket. We waited a long time for this series and this is what we got,” wrote one follower. ‘Shame on you Ramiz Raja. Cricket is for entertainment, if you continue to throw pitches like this people will stop watching Test cricket in Pakistan.”

Another supporter called it “torture” to watch Test Cricket in Pakistan.

‘Watching a cricket test in Pakistan is nothing short of torture. These types of pitches are really a disgrace to our bowling unit, I feel sorry for them,’ they wrote on social media.