Formers harshly criticize ‘slow’ World Cup Semi-final pitch
Former cricketers have harshly criticized the Old Trafford wicket on which the first World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand was played on Tuesday.
It was a tough day at office for the Kiwi batsmen finding it gruesome to elevate the run-scoring in a slow surface. Before rain forced the match procedure to stop, New Zealand reached 211 for five in 46.1 overs.
Ex England batsmen Graeme Fowler and Mark Butcher both slammed the ‘awful’ pitch showing disappointment in the social media.
Fowler, who spent most of his first-class career in Old Trafford-based county Lancashire, harshly criticized the preparation of the ground for the semi-final clash of the mega contest.
“I feel sorry for the spectators who have travelled and paid hefty prices having to watch this lottery on a very substandard pitch. It’s a disgrace,” he said.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), however, have denied accusations of instructing the groundsmen to prepare slow pitches.
An ICC statement said, “The guidance we give any host of an ICC event is to prepare the best possible pitches for the conditions in that country — so in this case the best possible ODI pitch for typical English conditions and we would also look for even bounce and good carry.”
“The ICC does not instruct groundsmen to prepare pitches in a certain way to advantage, or disadvantage, any team,” it added.
What an awful wicket for World Cup semifinal. I feel sorry for the spectators who have travelled and paid hefty prices having to watch this lottery on a very substandard pitch. It’s a disgrace.
— Graemefowler (@GFoxyFowler) July 9, 2019
Sorry, but pitches have been garbage this tournament.
— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) July 9, 2019
Doesn’t look a great pitch at Old Trafford. Very much on the slow side and offering sone turn. If NZ can somehow get to 240 they will be in the game.
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) July 9, 2019