The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appealed against the ICC’s below average rating of the Shere Bangla National Stadium’s pitch during the second Test against Sri Lanka. The appeal will be heard by March 14 as per the period stipulated in the pitch monitoring process.
David Boon, who was the match referee during the Test series, reported at the time that the pitch had uneven bounce throughout the match and inconsistent turn. It resulted in the Dhaka ground incurring one demerit point, which will remain on its record for a rolling five-year period.
BCB’s appeal will be determined taking into consideration the match referee’s report, the report from the home board, videos of the match, and the grounds for appeal as submitted by the BCB on Wednesday.
The appeal will be determined by Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager (cricket), and Anil Kumble, the chairperson of the cricket committee.
The second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka lasted only three days and the hosts were crushed by the Lions by mammoth 215 runs. The wicket became a hell for the batsmen to bat on since day one and the spinners took 30 of the 38 wickets that fell to the bowlers.