The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated the pitch used for the 2nd Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur as ‘unsatisfactory’. They have handed it one demerit point.
Match Referee David Boon put forward his report to the ICC including concerns of the match officials and after discussing with the captains of both teams. “The outfield was very good and held up extremely well with the rain. However, it appeared that the pitch may have been under prepared, as it was not hard and was covered in grass clippings on day one.”
“From the first session onwards, throughout the remainder of the match the bounce was inconsistent with numerous balls bursting the surface. Deliveries from spin bowlers often went over the batter’s shoulder when playing forward and then occasionally stayed very low,” he said.
The demerit point will be valid for a 5-year period. If the venue has 6 demerit points, it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for 1 year.