The subcontinent needs more Pallekeles

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Although 13 wickets fell on day one in the third Test against Pakistan, it was indeed refreshing to see a 'greenish' track on offer in Sri Lanka where we have become accustomed to dull batting tracks over the years.

Cricket officials in Sri Lanka should be commended for this bold move, as we are all aware that more exposure to such tracks can only help Sri Lanka develop into a well rounded team that is not dependent on flat-tracks to thrive and officials are often pressured to create tracks that suit our batsmen and spinners.

Although Sri Lanka's batsmen struggled on day one and the hosts lost four wickets for under 50 runs, their bowlers did manage to bowl out Pakistan in 72.5 overs which can only inspire Sri Lanka's young pacemen.

There are many positives in such a move, especially on the long run. Let's hope the national curator will continue to provide at least one wicket per Test series similiar to the wicket at Pallekele.


Anonymous's picture

agreed mate - A game that reads
206 All out and 196 vs
243 All out and 160/6 is thousand times better than
547/8 and 106/2 VS 491 All out.

Anonymous's picture

btw who is the curator at pallekele?

Abdul93's picture
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Awesome post

CGI's picture
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Strongly agree... Lets see what will happen in future tours.

Anonymous's picture

Agreed but so called seniors of SL (except perhaps classy Sangakkara)will not agree.Useless statistically oriented Dollar worshiping lot!

Stormy's picture
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Yep was a refreshing change and more of the same please but anyone recall the Asgiriya pitch a while back was great wicket too and win the toss and bowl wicket resulting in some great low scoring contests. Presumably something to do with the Kandy conditions. The important thing is to play local cricket on such a wicket and when Aus, Eng and SA tour - dont give them a test at Pallekelle! Not like SL get a spinning wicket in these countries. The reality is SL produce decent wickets except the SSC which is used to paint SL with flat tracks.

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