Recently, Indian curators were criticized severely for preparing slow and low pitches in the recently concluded test series against South Africa. It was alleged that such wickets were a nightmare for the batsmen, and scoring runs was incredibly hard. ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson in a recent event said that the T20 World Cup next year would have sporting wickets, and in all, the pitches would suit the batsmen.
“Normally for an ICC event, we have our own pitch consultant who will oversee pitch preparations at all the venues,” Richardson said. “Obviously for an ICC event we want to make sure no one particular team is favored, and essentially when it comes to T20 cricket that we have good batting wickets that will be the same for both the team batting first or second. And that will be the goal.”
Explaining his stance, Richardson said, “Obviously when bilateral tours take place there are different objectives I suppose, but for an ICC event, we don’t favour one team against the other.” “Obviously in this part of the world, the tracks will be a little bit slower than you might find in Australia and South Africa, but as long as it’s a good batting wicket, good even bounce and as long as it doesn’t deteriorate from one innings to the next, that’s what we’re looking for.”
He spoke about the significant matter of security during the global events and said, “Security is becoming an issue all around the world now for us, whether it’s the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh or the World T20 in India.” “Security is one of our priorities and we will be engaging with the security agencies, police authorities in all the venues to make sure that security is, as far as humanly possible, guaranteed not only for the players but the media attendees and the spectators at the stadiums.”