ICC Rates Dharamsala Outfield as Average in World Cup 2023 After AFG vs BAN Match

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ICC Rates Dharamsala Outfield as Average in World Cup 2023 After AFG vs BAN Match

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The outfield at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) in Dharamsala, where the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan World Cup match took place, has received an “average” rating from the ICC. This assessment came after Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s knee jammed when he dived during the match, causing some soil to kick up. Questions were raised about the suitability of the venue’s outfield for hosting a World Cup game. However, the ICC has confirmed that it is comfortable with the current conditions.

The England vs. Bangladesh game scheduled for October 10 will proceed as planned, with the ICC’s independent pitch consultant, Andy Atkinson, also expressing satisfaction with the conditions. An ICC spokesperson stated, “The process for assessing the condition of the pitch and outfield lies with the match officials under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, and the outfield at Dharamsala was rated as average after the Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh match. Additionally, the ICC independent pitch consultant has taken a look at the outfield today, and is comfortable with the conditions, as is Javagal Srinath, the Match Referee for the next game.”

Furthermore, the ground staff was observed working on the area of the ground where soil had kicked up following Mujeeb’s dive. Venue head curator Sunil Chauhan also closely inspected the surface. Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott expressed concerns about the Dharamsala outfield, stating that players were hesitant to dive after Mujeeb’s incident. Trott mentioned, “If you’ve got players unsure of whether they can dive… It’s something for them [organizers] to look at. I’m definitely not putting any blame on that, but that’s something to keep an eye on for the future,” during a press conference after the match.

Reference:

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

https://www.wionews.com/sports/cwc-icc-rates-dharamsala-outfield-average-following-afg-ban-game-englands-game-to-go-ahead-per-schedule-644176

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