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ICC admits that the pitches in New York at the T20 World Cup are not good enough

Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York

Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York
Photo: Supplied / International Cricket Council

The pitches used during the T20 World Cup matches played in New York are not up to standards and ground staff are working to restore them for the rest of the tournament, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.

The temporary Nassau County International Cricket Stadium has hosted two matches so far, both of which were low-scoring encounters due to the nature of the drop-in pitch, which has made batting extremely difficult due to the movement and bounce.

Fans expecting a run-fest were disappointed when Sri Lanka were bowled out by 77, their lowest ever score, against South Africa, while India defeated Ireland by 96 in Wednesday’s one-sided match.

“T20 Inc and the ICC recognize that the pitches used to date at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium have not played as consistently as we all would have liked,” the ICC said in a statement.

“The world-class grounds team have been working hard since the conclusion of yesterday’s match to remedy the situation and deliver the best possible surface for the remaining matches.”

The stadium will host six more matches, including Monday’s blockbuster match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour described it as a “challenging wicket”, having also played a warm-up match at the venue.

“It is what it is. We have to find a way to deal with it and I think we have enough skills in the team and enough experience in the team to deal with it,” he said.

– Reuters

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