PSL 9: PCB instructs curators to make 'moderate' pitches at Rawalpindi

The pitch at the Pindi Cricket Stadium has favoured batters in recent years

February 28, 2024
The curators are working at the Pindi Cricket Stadium pitch. — PCB

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued strict instructions to the curators at the Pindi Cricket Stadium to make "moderate" pitches for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 matches, sources reported on Wednesday.

In recent years, the pitches at Pindi stadium have favoured batters massively and fans have witnessed some of the high-scoring matches at the venue.

Two of the highest totals — Multan Sultans scoring 262 against Quetta Gladiators and Quetta scoring 253 against Multan in the same match — in PSL history were scored at Pindi.

However, the PCB has decided to remove the "flat pitches" tag associated with the stadium as the cricketing body has instructed the curators to make pitches that would support bowlers as much as batters.

The PCB further instructed not to reduce the boundary size so that the fans get to see an even encounter between batters and the bowlers.

Five pitches will be used for PSL 9 matches at the Pindi stadium.

Schedule of PSL 9 matches in Rawalpindi

March 2, 2024 Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium

March 4, 2024 Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pindi Cricket Stadium

March 5, 2024 Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium

March 6, 2024 Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium

March 7, 2024 Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium

March 8, 2024 Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium

March 10, 2024 Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Stadium

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