PAK v AUS 2018: Former Aussie quick Stuart Clark slams unsporty Dubai pitch

‘It’s just not entertaining cricket’, says Clark.

Australia lost 8 wickets at 192 in their first innings | Getty Images

The Dubai International Stadium, where Pakistan and Australia are currently fighting it out in the first Test, has once again received criticism from former Australian cricketer Stuart Clark for its unsporty nature.

After Tom Moody, former pacer has rated the Dubai pitch as “poor”, claiming there is virtually nothing in the wicket for the bowlers.

His comment came after the hosts have managed to post a massive total of 482 runs on the board with fast-bowlers Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle, along with the rest of the unit and spinners Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland conceding over 100 runs here.

However, the ball is turning more as the match is progressing as Australia have already lost seven wickets at 191 in 78 over on Day 3 of the first Test in Dubai.

Clark told Fox Sports on Tuesday (October 9), “It’s a pretty poor wicket. The wicket’s obviously very, very flat and very hard to get guys out. But the Australians tried hard, they toiled hard and they did pretty much all they could. They didn’t have much luck, but it was really hard to do anything given that there was just nothing in the wicket.”

Meanwhile, the former international also predicted that the match will speed up with the pitch degrading fast and felt that the batting will become even harder.

Clark signed off by saying, “Sports is an entertainment product. It is an entertainment product and we’re seeing it in all sports — not just cricket — that fans want to be entertained. And obviously this game will speed up as the wicket begins to deteriorate over the next couple of days, and it becomes harder to bat on because of variable bounce and it’s spinning a bit more, but it’s not great watching it, unfortunately.”

(Input: Fox Sports)


By Rashmi Nanda - 09 Oct, 2018

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