PCB to install drop-in pitches worth 37 crore in Karachi and Lahore [Video]

Do you know what is a drop in pitch?

Karachi and Lahore will soon have a drop-in pitch each as per chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja. The installation of drop-in pitches is part of the cricket board’s commitment to revamp the quality of cricket across the country.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been signed between PCB and Arif Habib Group in this regard. As per estimates, the drop-in pitches will cost a whopping Rs. 37 crore.

Karachi’s Naya Nazimabad Cricket stadium is one of the locations where the drop-in pitch will be installed. This process is expected be completed next year. PCB plans to organize domestic and junior level matches following the completion of this process.

“The installation of drop-in pitches is surely going to benefit our players both at the domestic and international levels. Over the years, we have struggled to cope with the extra bounce and pace that some of the pitches in Australia and New Zealand provide,” Ramiz said.

The PCB chairman added that despite all the talent Pakistan has, the cricket team is yet to win an away ‘Test series in Australia while our record in New Zealand has also taken a beating in recent trips.’

What is a drop-in pitch?

A drop-in pitch is a pitch which is prepared outside the cricket stadium and then brought inside the ground before the start of the cricket season. Stadiums such as MCG, the Adelaide Oval or the Optus stadium in Perth have drop-in pitches.

One of the benefits of such kind of pitch is that it can be taken to other grounds allowing the same stadium to be use for other activities or sports events. The drop in pitch at Adelaide provides pace and bounce to fast bowler as well as providing spin for the spinners and it has been widely praised.

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