Updated June 6th, 2024 at 22:03 IST

India vs Pakistan: ICC looking to take drastic decsion after India voice their displeasure in T20 WC

Serious issues have arisen regarding the unpredictable drop-in surfaces at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium following the first two matches.

Indian players shake hands after India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2022 match | Image:AP
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There are no plans to relocate any T20 World Cup fixtures from New York despite escalating concerns over substandard pitches. Serious issues have arisen regarding the unpredictable drop-in surfaces at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium following the first two matches played there.

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India vs Pakistan match to take place at the same venue

On Monday, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 77 by South Africa – their lowest T20 score – and on Wednesday, India dismissed Ireland for 96.
BBC Sport understands that India has privately expressed dissatisfaction with the unpredictable bounce and two-paced nature of the pitches, raising concerns about the safety of their batters.

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India will face Pakistan on Sunday at the Eisenhower Park venue in one of the tournament's most eagerly anticipated fixtures, with a capacity crowd of 32,000 expected.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is believed to be analyzing data from previously abandoned games to determine an appropriate response if action is required.

However, ICC officials have stated that there are no contingency plans to move any of the New York games to venues in Florida or Texas, which have natural turf pitches. It is understood that an unused pitch has been designated for the India-Pakistan match, with flexibility to change that decision based on how other pitches perform before the game.

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Former Cricketers criticise pitches presented at the World Cup so far

Beyond the injury scare, the pitch's condition—a drop-in surface brought from Adelaide specifically for the World Cup—has raised concerns. India are scheduled to play two more games at this stadium.Irfan Pathan, Player of the Final from India's 2007 T20 World Cup triumph, didn't hold back, criticizing the pitch as unsafe.

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"Look, we definitely want to promote cricket in America, but this pitch is not safe for players. If we had a pitch like this in India, a match would never be played there again for a very long time," he said on Star Sports.

"This pitch is definitely not good. I mean, we are talking about the World Cup here, not even a bilateral series," he asserted.

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Also unimpressed was former England captain Michael Vaughan.

"Trying to sell the game in the states is great.. love it.. but for players to have to play on this sub-standard surface in New York is unacceptable… You work so hard to make it to the WC then have to play on this," he wrote on his X handle.

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Rohit was bewildered by the track's behaviour and conceded that he didn't know what to expect from it against Pakistan. The team's batting coach Vikram Rathour was a shade more reticent in his analysis.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published June 6th, 2024 at 22:03 IST