Chittagong pitch rated ‘below average’ by ICC

A total of 1533 runs with the loss of only 24 wickets were scored in the first Test match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong and as expected, because of a complete flat track the Chittagong pitch has been rated below average by ICC Match Referee David Boon.

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As a result, according to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, the pitch has received one demerit point, which will remain active for a five-year period. During this period, if the venue collects four more demerit points, then it can be suspended from hosting international cricket for 12 months

The wicket offered nothing but a pile amount of runs. Bangladesh batted first and scored 513 runs in their first innings and were looking to dominate Sri Lanka. But in reply Sri Lanka counter attacked the Tigers and scored a mammoth 713 runs before declaring their innings.

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After Sri Lanka put a mammoth score on the board including 200 runs lead, Bangladesh were in all sorts but in the end they managed to draw the test math comfortably and scored 307 runs in their 2nd innings.

The pitch came in for criticism from several quarters including Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who labelled it not ideal for Test cricket.

ICC match referee David Boon said: “The pitch provided no seam movement to the fast bowlers with the new ball and also lacked carry and bounce throughout the match. he pitch did offer occasional slow turn for the spinners early on, but it did not deteriorate as much as would have been expected as the match progressed, resulting in a pitch that too heavily favoured the batsmen across the five days.”

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