BCB Holds Unpleasant Weather Responsible for Shoddy Outfield in Dhaka Test
Following the torrential monsoonal rain in Bangladesh last month, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has come up with fresh statement that inclement weather in the country was responsible for the substandard outfield of the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium at Mirpur in Dhaka, where first of the two-match Test series was held between hosts the Tigers and Australia.
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BCB had to face the humiliation when the judgment was pronounced by the ICC’s Match Referee Jeff Crowe last week.
The BCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nizamuddin Chowdhury in response to the ICC’s objection held the monsoon responsible for the shoddy condition of the outfield.
“For the last five months there were floods and rain and it was due to this inclement weather that it happened,” Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
However, Mushfiqur Rahim-led side won the Test at Sher-e-Bangla, in a close encounter by 20 runs after the two-day practice game was cancelled owing to the waterlogged stadium and unavoidable circumstances at Fatullah stadium, before the five-day series kicked off on August 27.
Chowdhury, who was talking to the media gathering in Dhaka, reiterated the management had gone through a laborious task to prepare the stadium for the recently concluded much-awaited game.
Interestingly, Chowdhury stated the world Board has raised the pertinent question regarding the excessive bare patches while expressing a contentment to work on it with ICC.
“There was nothing lacking in preparation. They [ICC] have raised [an] observation about the grass and I am hopeful it will be fine through passing days (sic),” Chowdhury maintained.
Moreover, the series concluded with one win each for both the sides, as the world cricket governing body ICC drew condemnation over the BCB management while rating the Home of Cricket pitch for Bangladesh poor owing to the uneven bounce and several bare patches which is considered an ill-practice under the rules of ICC.
The response filed by BCB will receive a full review from the ICC’s governing body including Elite Panel’s chief of Referees Ranjan Madugalle from Sri Lanka.
It’s pertinent to mention Sher-e-Bangla stadium received an endorsement from ICC in 2005, after the Tigers become its Full-Time Member in 2000, before featuring in its maiden Test against India.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is. The bilateral series will kick off on September 28 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom and will run through to October 29 at the same venue.
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