Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has drawn severe critisim due to the below-par surface during the match between India and Ireland in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 at the New York venue, where the latter were bowled out for just 96. 

In response to the criticism, ICC has released an official statement surrounding the drop-in pitches at the ongoing T20 World Cup in New York.

Concerns were raised by several fans and experts that the India-Pakistan clash might also turn into a low-scoring affair, with a considerable advantage for the team winning the toss and electing to bat.

ICC acknowledged the need for improvement in its statement, particularly ahead of the highly anticipated India-Pakistan match at Nassau County Ground on June 9. 

Efforts are also being made to enhance the playing conditions for the remaining six games in New York. 

"ICC recognises that the pitches used so far at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium have not played as consistently as we would have all wanted. The world-class grounds team have been working hard since the conclusion of yesterday's game to remedy the situation and deliver the best possible surfaces for the remaining matches," read the statement by ICC.

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As per reports, ICC officials believe that the inconsistent bounce is due to 'green veins' on the pitch. The cricketing body has commenced top-dressing the surfaces of the four drop-in pitches at Eisenhower Park in Long Island. By pressing and levelling these grass veins, the ICC will aim to create more consistent and fair playing conditions.

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