In what was a major moment for world cricket, the Australian team landed in Pakistan last month to play a series after 24 years. The tour included 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and a T20I.
During the series, Ramiz Raja, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was strongly criticized for the quality of the pitches in the first two Tests at Rawalpindi and Karachi.
Both the Tests ended in a draw. In the first Test, Pakistan made 476 for the loss of just 4 wickets while Australia made 459 in their first innings before getting all-out. In the second innings, the hosts did not lose a single wicket while amassing 252, with both openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq getting centuries.
Throughout the game, many former Pakistan cricketers, including Inzamam-ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Shoaib Akhtar, and Mohammad Hafeez, were unhappy with the pitch. In the last test, the Babar-led side was set a target of 351 runs to win, but they fell short by 115 runs, meaning the tourists won the match and the series, 1-0.
Earlier this week, former skipper Salman Butt made a shocking revelation about Ramiz Raja, alleging that the PCB chairman used to video call Babar Azam to see the pitches during the side's tour of Bangladesh.
“He used to ask Babar to let him see the pitch on a video call. He interferes in team's affairs a lot,” Butt revealed, as quoted by Pakistan television outlet Geo from the former captain's official YouTube channel.
“It is the height of interference. Whether it's the pitch, the team, or even the selection of commentators. Fear god. Where is the professionalism? Where else in the world do you see such things happening?” he said further.
The 'Men in Green' won the three-match ODI series 2-1 against Australia, before losing the one-off T20I at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.