The fact that 37 out of 40 wickets were taken and that the match had a result were among the “redeeming features”, the ICC said.
In the match, England scored 657 in the first innings at a run rate of 6.50, before Pakistan fought back with a score of 579. In their second innings, England raced to 264 for 7 in even quicker time, striking at over 7 runs per over, before declaring and setting Pakistan a target of 343.
Pakistan nearly held on for a draw, but England managed to bowl them out late on the fifth day to win by 74 runs.
He told reporters then: “It is embarrassing for us, especially when you have a cricketer as chairman. This is not a good advert for cricket. We’re a better cricketing nation than this.”
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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