National T20 Cup: Like Multan, Pindi pitch to also be batting paradise, bowling nightmare

Abdul Mohi Shah
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host the National T20 Cup's second leg. Photo: File 

The recently concluded Multan leg of the National T20 Cup was a batting paradise but a bowlers' nightmare, and the upcoming Rawalpindi leg would be no different, if the head curator of the garrison city's namesake stadium is to be believe.

“Since it is T20 cricket, we have ensured that the pitches are suitable for stroke play. You would see big scores here too. [But] as it should be, good bowlers will [also] have the opportunity to check opponents’ onslaughts,” head curator of the stadium Mohammad Ashraf told Geo Super.

“The field will be quick, and the pitches primed for stroke play,” he added on the eve of the second leg that will run until and conclude with the final on October 18.

The stadium will also host three T20 internationals against Zimbabwe at the start of next month. 

“After National T20 Cup, we will have enough time to prepare the same pitches for the three international T20s,” Ashraf said.

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As was the case in Multan, crowd will not be allowed at the Rawalpindi Stadium and those performing official duties would make their way in without interacting with the 'bio-secure bubble'.

On the opening day of the second leg tomorrow, Northern will play Central Punjab at 3:00pm followed by Sindh and Southern Punjab's clash at 7:30pm.

National T20 Cup: Pindi pitch to also be batting heaven, bowling nightmare