As less than 20 hrs remain for the second test in this 2006 series, I am very curious to know how the weather will be, what kind of pitch the curator has made at Iqbal stadium and what has been the past record of this Pakistani cricket ground. Let me share them with you..
The Faisalabad Pitch : As per the latest news, curator is praying for some sunshine while on the other hand, Pakistani captain Injamam-ul-haq has asked for dry grass on the pitch. And just now I have found that 60% of the pitch is made from curators point of view as Faisalabad has had a good sunshine today so far. I don't care what they ultimately make, lets just hope that its not as dead as Lahore one. So that Sehwag can answer Injamam's challenge..
The weather : Pakistan is going through a rough winter these days and Faisalabad is no different. Although weather forecast says sunny days on Saturday and Sunday with temperatures around 20-22 Celsius, Monday and Tuesday, the day 3 and day 4 will have cloudy weather. Here's the complete weather report..
Past record of Faisalabad ground : It is always good to look at the recent past happening of a ground as Pitch plays very much the same. The last test at Iqbal stadium was between Pakistan and England in November, 20th to 24th. And that test was a draw - not because of the pitch, but the weather which didn't allowed any play on the final day.
That England-Pakistan match scorecard.
Past Records of Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, Pakistan.