ICC Responds to the Pitch Controversy: Right after India’s incredible win over New Zealand, the controversy kicked in regarding the pitch, as it was accused that the pitch was prepared to help the home team’s spinners. A report also came out that the pitch on which the semifinal happened was a used one. Amid the turmoil happening on various media and social media platforms, the International Cricket Council has come up with an explanation aiming to shut down the allegations.
ICC Responds to the Pitch Controversy: What They Have to Say
The ICC doesn’t think that there is anything uncommon about the pitch change. The governing body stated that the change was based on the recommendation of the curator, Atkinson, who works independently. They also added that the curator was well aware of this.
“This change was made on the recommendation of the venue curator in conjunction with our host,” the ICC stated. “Changes to planned pitch rotations are common towards the end of an event of this length and have already happened a couple of times. The ICC independent pitch consultant was apprised of the change and has no reason to believe the pitch won’t play well.”
The ICC also addressed the ‘used pitch’ claim by stating that there is no such requirement that knockout matches can only be played on fresh pitches. The governing body also claimed that the selection and preparation fell under the responsibility of the ICC and swayed away the chances of the host’s involvement in it.
Rohit Sharma checks the pitch ahead of the semifinal against New Zealand.