Mirpur wicket gets ‘below average’ rating

Time is not running well for the team and as well as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). After ICC rated Chittagong wicket as below average where the first Test ended in draw, now the Dhaka wicket has been rated  as below average too, handing the Shere Bangla stadium a demerit point.

The Chittagong wicket was reported below average due to a complete flat track and was considered as not an ideal wicket for Test cricket. Just after few days later after the end of the 2nd Test match, the Dhaka wicket has been rated below average, but for the opposite reason.

Though the Dhaka Test was able to bring out a result, but it was rated below average because from day one, there was evidence of the ball breaking the pitch surface, which resulted in uneven bounce throughout the match and it needed only three days to see the end of the Test match.

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ICC match referee David Boon 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.”

The single demerit point will stay for the next period of 12 months. During this time if the venue accumulates up to five demerit points, then the stadium will receive a 12-month suspension.