Bangladesh remains undisturbed by Dharamsala's outfield conditions.

In Dharamsala, Bangladesh displayed unwavering confidence in the face of outfield challenges that had posed injury risks. During a match against Afghanistan, Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman nearly suffered an injury when attempting a dive at deep backward square leg. His knee jammed into the hard ground due to the patchy and grass-deprived outfield, causing an awkward fall and mud kicking up on impact.

Rangana Herath, the Bangladesh spin coach, emphasized that they wouldn’t impose diving restrictions on their players in the upcoming game against England. Herath believed that restrictions could hinder players’ full efforts, stating, “We are not going to restrict anything because if you ask someone to restrict something, they don’t give their 100 percent.”

Earlier this year, India’s third Test against Australia was moved from Dharamsala to Indore due to concerns about the outfield’s condition, attributed to harsh winter conditions in the region. Despite the outfield’s condition, Herath noted that World Cup matches were held at the venue because it met international standards, commending the ICC for their efforts.

England’s Jos Buttler acknowledged the poor standard of the outfield and the injury concerns it raised. However, he emphasized that they wouldn’t use it as an excuse and would adapt to the conditions. Buttler highlighted the need for caution in fielding on such a surface but remained determined to give their best.

“Injuries can happen at any time on any surface,” Buttler noted. Despite the outfield’s challenges, both teams would face the same conditions, and the wicket itself appeared to be in fantastic shape. The team’s focus remained on playing well without using the outfield conditions as an excuse, opting instead to be smart and cautious in their approach.

Reference

https://www.bssnews.net/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/151742

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/oct/08/england-to-field-smart-as-dharamsala-outfield-is-cleared-for-bangladesh-clash

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-ban-vs-eng-dharamsala-outfield-rated-as-average-1401822

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