World Cup 2019: Former cricketers slam 'slow' pitch used for India-New Zealand semifinal

Published: Jul 10, 2019, 14:20 IST | mid-day online desk

The New Zealand batsmen batted slowly and were not able to accelerate against the miserly Indian bowlers yesterday before rain interrupted play when New Zealand were 211/5 in 46.1 overs.

World Cup 2019: Former cricketers slam 'slow' pitch used for India-New Zealand semifinal
Kane Williamson bats in the IND vs NZ semifinal

A few opinionated former cricketers have shown disappointment over the pitch used at Old Trafford, in the first World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand.

The New Zealand batsmen batted slowly and were not able to accelerate against the miserly Indian bowlers yesterday before rain interrupted play when New Zealand were 211/5 in 46.1 overs.

Former Australia batsman Mark Waugh took to twitter to slam the pitch.

"Doesn't look a great pitch at Old Trafford. Very much on the slow side and offering some turn. If NZ can somehow get to 240 they will be in the game," Waugh wrote.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson took 97 balls for his 67 while veteran Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 67 off 85 deliveries.

Former England Test cricketer Mark Butcher went to the extent of terming the pitches at the ongoing World Cup as "garbage".

"Sorry, but pitches have been garbage this tournament," Butcher tweeted.

"Uneven, two-paced...MIGHT give you an exciting 5 overs at the end of a run chase, but you've scared everybody off in the previous 95."

Another ex England cricketer Graeme Fowler, who has played a lot matches during his first-class career with Old Trafford-based Lancashire, said the wicket for the first semifinal was "awful".

"What an awful wicket for (a) World Cup semi-final," his Twitter account said.

"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," Flower added.

Low scores have been a trait of this World Cup with pitches playing exactly opposite to what is usually seen in One-day Internationals in England in recent years.

Another Ex-English cricketer Paul Newman tweeted: "Old Trafford usually a terrific pitch. What has happened to pitches at this World Cup?? Has to be ICC instructions, surely?"

The International Cricket Council (ICC), however, have denied accusations of instructing the groundsmen to prepare slow pitches and said it had only told them to make sporting tracks.

"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," ICC said a statement.

"The ICC does not instruct groundsmen to prepare pitches in a certain way to advantage, or disadvantage, any team."

Earlier, England batsman Jonny Bairstow had criticised the surfaces on offer, saying these have been totally different from those they normally play on.

"The pitches we've been playing on the last two years are surely the pitches we would be playing on in a World Cup? I don't know why they've changed," Bairstow said.

With inputs from PTI

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