Although 13 wickets fell on day one in the third Test against Pakistan, it was indeed refreshing to see a ‘greenish’ track on offer in Sri Lanka where we have become accustomed to dull batting tracks over the years.
Cricket officials in Sri Lanka should be commended for this bold move, as we are all aware that more exposure to such tracks can only help Sri Lanka develop into a well rounded team that is not dependent on flat-tracks to thrive and officials are often pressured to create tracks that suit our batsmen and spinners.
Although Sri Lanka’s batsmen struggled on day one and the hosts lost four wickets for under 50 runs, their bowlers did manage to bowl out Pakistan in 72.5 overs which can only inspire Sri Lanka’s young pacemen.
There are many positives in such a move, especially on the long run. Let’s hope the national curator will continue to provide at least one wicket per Test series similiar to the wicket at Pallekele.