ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Sandy outfield raises concerns over future matches in Dharamshala

jonathan trottAfghanistan head coach believes mujeeb ur rehman He was lucky not to suffer any serious injury when his left knee went into the sandy Dharamshala outfield when he dived during Afghanistan’s six-wicket loss against Bangladesh on Saturday.
The grass on the outfield was disheveled and mossy, and many players on both sides had lost their footing in the depths. Mujeeb appeared to twist his knee while diving to stop Shakib Al Hasan’s sweep, and Azmat Umarzai Fell while trying to save a four on the last ball of the match.
India’s third test against Australia It was shifted from Dharamshala to Indore at short notice earlier this year following concerns about the condition of the outfield – which the BCCI attributed to “harsh winter conditions in the field” – while Indian media outlets It was reported last month that the ICC inspection team had identified a fungal infection on the ground.

Trott clarified that he did not blame the outfield conditions for Afghanistan’s heavy defeat and said that it was not his job to “judge” on whether the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium was suitable to host games at the World Cup. Is. But he said this did not help the spectacle and suggested the ICC should look at the quality of outfields across the country.

He said, “If your players are unsure about whether they can dive or not… we see a product of cricket around the world where players are taught, encouraged to improve their fielding Is.” “And when you’re worried about players getting injured… I mean, we’re lucky Mujeeb didn’t suffer a serious knee injury at the end.

“Yes, maybe he shouldn’t have dived on his knee. But we also saw New Zealand’s Devon Conway the other night (in Ahmedabad), so it’s something for them (organisers) to see. I’m definitely Not putting any blame on him, but it’s something to keep an eye on for the future.”

mehdi hassan merazWas named player of the match for taking 3 wickets at 25 and 57 runs at 73, said that the outfield was slow. “The outfield was a little heavy,” he said. “The ball was not traveling much. But you can’t blame the outfield…you have to perform well in every situation.”

The condition of the outfield will be a matter of concern for both Bangladesh and England ahead of the clash at the same venue on Tuesday. Both sides will be wary of the possibility of injury to players, especially early in the competition, with Jonny Bairstow and Reece Topley among the England players who have suffered serious injuries after slipping over the past 18 months.

That said, Dharamshala holds fond memories for some England players – not least liam livingstonewho killed 94 runs on 48 balls In a close IPL loss to Punjab Kings at the ground earlier this year, an innings which included nine sixes.

“If it was like it was that day, it’s an incredible ground and an incredible place to bat,” Livingstone said on Saturday. “It’s a great place to play cricket and it’s always nice to go back to a place where you have good memories. Hopefully it’ll be good for me.”

“The conditions here should suit us and the boys are really excited. We want to recover from what happened that day (against new zealand) and run about twice as hard.”

The stadium is approximately 1500 meters above sea level. “Because of the height, the ball flies really well,” Livingstone said. “It makes you more confident to handle the boundaries: they’re not that big here anyway, and the height makes it better with the power we have in our line-up. It’s definitely better as a batsman, standing there “Helps you stay in knowing you can get help from the fielders.”

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