Friday, December 8, 2023

Pitches for one semifinal and the ODI World Cup final are rated as "average" by ICC

 


MUMBAI: The Global Cricket Gathering (ICC) has given an 'normal' rating to the pitches for ODI World Cup last among India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Arena and the second elimination round of the competition among Australia and South Africa at the Eden Nurseries in Kolkata.

The last on November 19, played on a pre-owned pitch, saw Australia win by six wickets. Deciding to bowl first on a sluggish and drowsy wicket, they limited India to 240 of every 50 overs, and afterward arrived at the objective in only 43 overs, with opener Travis Head crushing 137 off 120 balls. In the subsequent elimination round, Australia bowled out South Africa for 212 in 49.4 overs prior to hastening to the objective in 47.2 overs, losing seven wickets.

The pitch rating for the last was given by ICC match official and previous Zimbabwe batsman Andy Pycroft, while the wicket for the subsequent elimination round was evaluated by ex-India pacer Javagal Srinath.

There were reports that the Australians, drove by their chief captain Pat Cummins, had raised worries about the wicket for the last, which had been utilized for the India versus Pakistan tie on October 14 prior On the planet Cup, before the last. In the pre-match presser, however, he named it as a "very great wicket". Previous Australia commander Ricky Ponting had said that the pitch ready by the hosts "blew up on India".

Generally speaking, in upwards of five matches that India were engaged with, out of the 11 games that they played in the competition, the pitch was appraised as normal by the ICC. The pitch was rated average for the hosts' matches against South Africa in Kolkata, England in Lucknow, Pakistan in Ahmedabad, and Australia in Chennai, with the exception of the final.

Interestingly, the Wankhede Stadium pitch for the World Cup semifinal between India and New Zealand, which was at the center of a huge controversy because the hosts had changed it at the last minute, received a rating of "good." The match, played on a pre-owned pitch, saw India race away to 397 for four subsequent to deciding to bat first, with the Kiwis making 327 in 48.5 overs in answer.

Team India head coach Rahul Dravid had criticized the ICC's rating of the two pitches used in India's matches against Australia and Pakistan during the World Cup.

India's "A" games in Ahmedabad The England Lions' "shadow tour" to India in January and February of next year will likely include all three matches played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The matches will be played from January 6 to February 5.

We have been asked to host the matches by the BCCI. We've acknowledged the board's solicitation. We are anticipating a last affirmation from the Britain and Grains Cricket Board (ECB) in such manner," Gujarat Cricket Affiliation secretary Anil Patel told TOI on Thursday.

Britain 'A' will likewise play a warm-up match at the setting. Britain will visit India for a five-Test series one year from now. " The India 'A' series was prior expected to happen in Mumbai, Pune and Karnataka, however the matches have been moved to Ahmedabad," a source said.

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