Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Chittagong pitch for opening Test rated 'below average' by ICC, receives one demerit point

Five centuries and six half-centuries were scored in the match which saw Bangladesh posting 513 and 307 for five, and Sri Lanka amassing a colossal 713 for nine declared in their only innings.

PTI, February 06, 2018

Dubai: The Chittagong Test pitch for the opening match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has been rated as "below average" and it has received one demerit point according to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.

Rangana Nerath took three late wickets to leave Bangladesh reeling at the end of Day 4 of the 1st Test. Twitter/@OfficialSLC

File image of Day 4 action of the Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test at Chittagong. Image courtesy: Twitter/@OfficialSLC

The demerit point will remain active for a rolling five- year period and if during this five-year period the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium reaches the threshold of five demerit points, then it will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 12 months.

David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, whose report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, said, "The pitch provided no seam movement to the fast bowlers with the new ball and also lacked carry and bounce throughout the match.

"The pitch did offer occasional slow turn for the spinners early on, but it did not deteriorate as much as would have been expected as the match progressed, resulting in a pitch that too heavily favoured the batsmen across the five days," he said in an ICC statement.

Five centuries and six half-centuries were scored in the match which saw Bangladesh posting 513 and 307 for five, and Sri Lanka amassing a colossal 713 for nine declared in their only innings.

Updated Date: Feb 06, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
13 8 5 0 16
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
13 6 7 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
13 6 7 0 12
8
Delhi
13 4 9 0 8




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114