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ICC rates Mirpur pitch 'below average'


As a big setback to Bangladesh cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated the pitch at Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur that recently hosted the second Test against Sri Lanka as 'below average'.

This is the second time in two games a pitch in Bangladesh was sanctioned by the ICC with Chittagong that hosted the first game was also issued a similar rating.

Contrary to the first game which saw 1500 runs scored overall and ended in a dull draw, the second game lasted just three days with bowlers from both the sides dominating the proceedings and in the end it was Sri Lanka, who maintained the pressure on the hosts to win the game by 215 runs and with it also the series 0-1.

ICC Match Referee David Boon stated in a release from ICC that the pitch in Mirpur was heavily in favour of the bowlers and the inconsistent bounce from the opening day was too much to handle for the batsmen.

"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," said Boon.

"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".

As a result, the venue has also received a demerit point and accumulating five such points in the next 12 months will lead to a suspension of the stadium hosting any international game for a one-year period.

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