Response to Hafeez's critique of the Canberra pitch from Cricket Australia's CEO

Response to Hafeez’s critique of the Canberra pitch from Cricket Australia’s CEO. Tensions have increased ahead of Australia and Pakistan’s three-match Test series after Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez made comments about the quality of the Canberra practice pitch.

Hafeez had tweeted his dismay and surprise on Monday, describing the pitch as the slowest an Australian visiting team had ever seen.

“To be honest we ticked most of the boxes as a team but obviously really surprised and disappointed with the pitch we received for the practice match in Canberra,” Hafeez said in an address to Australian media, expressing his concerns. It was the slowest pitch our visiting team has ever played on in Australia.”

To the question of whether he had brought up the matter with Cricket Australia, Hafeez said, “Everyone knew it.” It makes no sense to say it again and again. We were quite disappointed because we had not anticipated these arrangements; however, we are prepared for the possibility that this is just their tactic. Our goal is to defeat Australia, not merely to participate.”

Nick Hockley, CEO of Cricket Australia, responded to Hafeez’s concerns.

“Pakistani batters had a great chance to practice in Australian conditions during the Prime Minister XI match. It’s regrettable that severe weather disruptions overnight before the last day of play prevented the game from being finished,” Hockley stated.

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“Both sides have scored two significant points. For Pakistan, this series is a great confidence boost and excellent preparation. He went on, “The captain’s outstanding batting performance scoring 200 was a testament to their skill and tenacity.”

Hockley acknowledged the support from Pakistani fans and the teams’ competitiveness while expressing excitement about the upcoming series.

“We are looking forward to the Pakistan series. It was amazing to watch how competitive these teams were in their most recent meeting in Pakistan. Hockley praised the Pakistani fans’ amazing support when their team advanced to the T20 World Cup finals the previous year.

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