Dhaka pitch rated as ‘below average’


Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is clean bowled after shouldering arms to Suranga Lakmal during the second Test match in Dhaka. ICC has rated the Dhaka pitch as ‘below average’.

The International Cricket Council yesterday rated the Dhaka Test pitch for the second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as ‘below average’ and, as such, it has received one demerit point according to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.

ICC Match Referee David Boon, whose report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, said, "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."

Sri Lanka won the Test by 215 runs inside three days with 681 runs being scored for the loss of 40 wickets. Roshen Silva with 70 not out was the top-scorer of the match. The highest team total was 226 in the game. Spinners took 30 of the 38 wickets that fell to the bowlers, with both sides fielding just one seamer each.

The demerit point will remain active for a rolling five-year period and if during this five-year period the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium reaches the threshold of five demerit points, then it will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 12 months.

The pitch for the first Test match in Chittagong that produced a high scoring draw also received a similar assessment from the ICC.

In that game, as many as five centuries and six half-centuries were scored and produced the second-highest match aggregate – 1533 runs - in Bangladesh, and the lowest wicket count - 24 - in matches lasting 2000 or more balls.

Last September, the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka received a ‘below average’ rating from the ICC for the pitch for the Bangladesh-Australia Test and a "poor" rating for its outfield.

Today’s first T-20 International between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also will take place at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Former Sri Lanka Police all-rounder Gamini Silva is the curator in Dhaka.

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