Cricket fans are expressing confusion and frustration after reports emerged suggesting that the Indian Cricket Board requested a ‘slower’ pitch for the semi-final clash against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup. India, having been undefeated in their journey to the semi-finals, is set to face New Zealand in a highly anticipated match.
The reports claim that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked for the Wankhede pitch to be prepared as a ‘slower’ wicket after their final group stage game in Bengaluru. According to the Indian Express, the curator was informed of India’s preference for a slower pitch heading into the semi-final.
While the BCCI has a group of local curators looking after the pitches during the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also has independent curators involved. The report suggests that the preference for a slower pitch was communicated to the curator, sparking outrage among cricket fans.
Amidst the endless pitch talk by the Australian media, Australian Captain Pat Cummins has voiced his opinion over the pitches in this World Cup. He said that he has not seen any issues with the pitches in this World Cup so far.
Pat Cummins said “I haven’t seen any issues in the pitches so far in this tournament that we have played on”.
Many supporters took to social media to express their frustration, questioning the legitimacy of such a request in an international event. Some argued that India, being the host nation, shouldn’t have the authority to dictate pitch conditions in an ICC-controlled tournament.
The controversy adds an extra layer of drama to the semi-final clash, which is expected to be played on a pitch that has favored the team batting first throughout the tournament. The toss, especially crucial in India with the potential for dew, could play a significant role in the outcome of the match.