Saturday 1 December 2007 

Pakistan Coach Lawson Critical Of Kolkata Pitch

Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has voiced his concerns about the placid pitch at Kolkata, venue for the ongoing second Test between his side and hosts India, claiming it does not encourage good cricket.

Only one of India's batsmen failed to make at least a half-century as they racked up 616 for five declared before Pakistan closed day two on 50 for one.

"Pitches that just suit batting, that's not terrific cricket, is it?" the former Australia fast bowler told a news conference.

"Cricket is all about balance, balance between bat and ball," said Lawson. "You play test cricket on all different sorts of pitches (but) pitches like that, you don't see a lot of bounce at all. It's all in favour of the batsman."

Wasim Jaffer scored 202, there were centuries for Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman as Pakistan struggled without injured captain Shoaib Malik and bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami are playing despite viral infections.

India lead the three-match series 1-0.

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