Chittagong pitch rated ‘below average’

The International Cricket Council has rated the pitch at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong that hosted the recently concluded first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as ‘below average’.

The game saw Bangladesh 513 and 307 for five while Sri Lanka themselves posted a massive 713 for nine total in the only innings they batted as the game ended in a dull draw. In total, five centuries and six half-centuries were scored in the game by batsmen from both the sides combined.

According to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, the ground received one demerit points which will be active over a five-year period and four such points will lead to a ban of the stadium hosting international cricket for 12 months.

“The pitch provided no seam movement to the fast bowlers with the new ball and also lacked carry and bounce throughout the match,” match referee David Boon said in his report.

“The 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.”

The second and deciding Test will be played between 8th and 12th February in Dhaka. (Courtesy Cricket World)