Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 is just around the corner with the entire tournament scheduled in Pakistan this time around.
Unlike UAE, the boundaries in Pakistani stadiums will be kept relatively shorter. Not just this, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has directed the curators of all four stadiums to prepare batting-friendly wickets for better entertainment.
PCB has given clear instructions to curators of all four stadiums to prepare pure batting tracks throughout #HBLPSLV. Boundaries will also be kept short too inorder to make th tournament full of fours and sixes. Reason why all six franchises have picked a power pack batting squad
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) February 17, 2020
As per reports, PCB has decided to reduce the length of the boundaries to as short as 55 meters which explains why all six franchises have picked batting-heavy squads.
However, the decision hasn’t been received well by most of the cricket fans who think that there should be a balance between bat and ball to make the competition exciting.
Stupid approach to reduce the boundaries …just make 160/170 runs pitches to keep balance between ball n bat…never liked 55m boundary in Karachi last PSL
— Saqib Shah (@Saqibca) February 17, 2020
Another Twitter user suggested that the approach to make the tournament entertaining is right, but PCB should find other ways to do so.
this is ridiculous trend and PCB keeping the boundaries short this psl going to be bowler killer if GSL pitches improve
— Shahzaib (@Shahzoo_khi) February 18, 2020
Fans believe that shorter boundaries and flat batting tracks will impact the quality of cricket.
Absolutely stupidity short boundaries will not give u a quality cricket…
— Salar Abbasi (@SalarAbbasi10) February 18, 2020
Another Twitter user pointed out that PSL is known in the world for quality bowling. Keeping the boundaries shorter will not bode well for the league’s reputation.
Agreed. Psl known for being the only league where you can actually bowl an opposition out.
— Omer I Khan (@omerkhan8) February 18, 2020
Foreign commentators repeatedly pointed out how the shorter boundaries at the National Stadium impacted the outcomes of the games last year.
Do you think there should be shorter boundaries and batting-friendly wickets? Let us know in the comments.