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ICC Rates Mirpur Pitch as ‘Below Average’

IANS | Updated: February 15, 2018, 6:28 PM IST

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: ICC Rates Mirpur Pitch as 'Below Average'

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Dhaka: For the second time in as many Tests, Bangladesh’s pitches have come underneath the scanner after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave a “below average” ranking to the Shere Bangla National Stadium’s pitch which hosted the second Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test final week.As a consequence, the Mirpur floor has obtained one demerit level, which can stay on its report for a five-year interval.

If the venue reaches a complete of 5 demerit factors throughout the five-year interval, will probably be suspended from internet hosting any worldwide cricket for 12 months.

Sri Lanka crushed the hosts by 215 runs in a contest wherein the very best group whole was 226, with the spinners taking 30 of the 38 wickets.

In his remarks, ICC match referee David Boon, who gave the ranking, mentioned: “From day one, there was evidence of the ball breaking the pitch surface, which resulted in uneven bounce throughout the match, along with inconsistent turn, which was even excessive at times.”

“This pitch produced a contest that was too heavily skewed in favour of the bowlers, and didn’t give the batsmen a fair chance to display their skills,” he added.

The Chittagong pitch used within the drawn first Test additionally obtained a “below average” ranking, however that was as a result of batsman-friendly nature of the pitch slightly than any excessive deterioration.

Last September, the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium pitch additionally obtained a beneath common ranking for the Test between Bangladesh and Australia and the outfield was rated “poor”, however the demerit level system was solely launched by the ICC from January 1 this yr.

First Published: February 15, 2018, 6:28 PM IST

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