Pakistan cricket batting advisor and former captain Javed Miandad [ Images ] has asked pitch curators to prepare a green and pacy surface at the Gaddafi Stadium [ Images ] to prepare batsmen for the bouncy South African wickets.
Miandad has ordered a new pitch with a tinge of green grass covering on it in order to give batsmen the feel of South African conditions where the ICC [ Images ] Champions Trophy [ Images ] is scheduled to commence from September 22.
"The idea is to get the batsmen to play on surfaces similar to those in South Africa [ Images ]. Cricket is all in the mind and if a player is mentally focused, he can succeed anywhere," Miandad said.
With the 10-day national conditioning camp for the Champions Trophy beginning from Tuesday (September 1), Miandad expressed hope that batsmen would be able to acclimatize well in South African conditions.
"The playing conditions and pitches at the Wanderers and Centurion grounds are conducive to pace bowling and our batsmen need to be prepared to cope with the conditions there," The Daily Times quoted Miandad, as saying.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had roped in Miandad as a batting advisor to the national squad after the batting order failed miserably during the Sri Lanka [ Images ] series.