Pallekele handed demerit point by ICC
Kandy’s Pallekele International Cricket Stadium’s pitch has been rated ‘below average’ and handed one demerit point following the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
1289 runs for 17 wickets were scored across the three innings in the five days which produced a draw, the first in Sri Lanka since 2014 ending 28-match streak.
Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, who is also a part of ICC Elite Match Referee Panel, has rated the pitch below average as it had very little on offer for the bowlers.
“The character of the pitch hardly changed over the course of five days. There was no shift in balance between bat and ball as the game progressed. The pitch remained batting friendly throughout, resulting in a total of 1289 runs scored in the match for the loss of 17 wickets at an average of 75.82 runs per wicket, which is very high. Therefore, in keeping with the ICC guidelines I rate this pitch as below average,” Madugalle said in a statement.
As per ICC’s latest pitch and outfield monitoring process, one demerit point will be handed to the ground providing below average pitch. Once a threshold of five demerit points is breached, a venue cannot host international cricket for 12 months.
The Pallekele Stadium will host the second Test from April 29 to conclude the series.