Saturday, 21 July 2018

ICC criticises Bangladesh Test pitch

Chittagong pitch

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) penalised the “below average” pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week´s Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening Test of the two-match series.

Sri Lanka – who declared at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings – criticised the pitch after the match.

ICC match referee David Boon said the pitch “provided no seam movement to the fast bowlers with the new ball and also lacked carry and bounce throughout the match.”

He added that the pitch provided “occasional slow turn for the spinners early on” but did not deteriorate as expected over the course of the Test.

That resulted “in a pitch that too heavily favoured the batsmen across the five days,” Boon said in an ICC statement issued Tuesday.

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