In the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the Mirpur wicket has been one of the hottest topic of the tournament. In almost every edition of the BPL, the Mirpur wicket has been criticized by the fans. But this time not only the fans, the cricketers have also criticized the wicket and termed it as not an ideal wicket to play T20.
Before the 5th edition, the Shere Bangla National Stadium used to host the first match of the tournament but this time the Sylhet International Stadium hosted for the first time. When Sylhet and Chittagong provided high scoring matches, Dhaka wicket provided one after another low scoring and one sided matches.
The Mirpur wicket came into more limelight when Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal criticized the wicket after playing against each other. Mashrafe termed it as a terrible wicket while Tamim said its not an ideal wicket for T20.
In the final league game, Rangpur Riders lost their match against the defending champions Dhaka Dynamities. As Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was rested, Brendon McCullum led the side for Rangpur Riders. The former New Zealand captain didn’t have a good time with the bat in the tournament and McCullum claimed Mirpur wicket is one of the reason behind it.
He said:“I think it was a very weak wicket. There are many quality and good cricketers here. Everyone wants to see exciting cricket here. I don’t think they were able to see any kind of match like that today. The wicket have to be good in the upcoming matches.”
McCullum has scored only 152 runs in 9 matches with an average of 16. The former Kiwi batsman believes he can score runs if a good wicket is given: “Obviously I want to score more runs. But in the last few years, I am used to playing in different kind of wickets. As a stroke maker, its getting tough to play here. Obviously my performance should have been more better. But it would have been good if we could get better wicket. Give us good wicket, me and Gayle will score runs.”