Pitch used for first semi-final was not ideal: Dave Richardson
Former South African wicketkeeper and current International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO, Dave Richardson took a swipe at the pitch used for the first semi-final between hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Thursday.
According to Richardson, the wicket wasn’t ‘ideal’ for the shortest format.
“Ideally, we need to ensure that a pitch doesn’t change its condition from one innings to next one. Yes, the pitch used in the first semi-final wasn’t an ideal wicket for T20 format as there was too much assistance to spinners,” Richardson admitted.
But the former glovesman didn’t see anything wrong on the curator’s part. “There was advantage for both the teams and Sri Lankan spinners took better advantage of the situation.
“Having said that, I spoke to the curator and he said that wicket was too dry to his liking. You have to accept that in this climate where it is so hot, to prepare a wicket is incredibly difficult,” he said.
It may be recalled that former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram also criticised the strip used for the first semi-final.