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New York pitch raising alarms after two low-scoring matches in T20 World Cup ahead of marquee India vs Pakistan clash

New York pitch raising alarms after two low-scoring matches in T20 World Cup ahead of marquee India vs Pakistan clash

The big question is: Will the New York pitch allow for a fair and exciting contest, or will it continue to dictate low-scoring encounters?

The newly-laid pitch at the Nassau County Cricket Ground in New York is raising concerns after two consecutive low-scoring encounters in the T20 World Cup. With the highly anticipated India vs Pakistan clash approaching on June 9, questions linger about the fairness of the playing surface.

Low scores raise questions of New York pitch

Ireland’s coach, Heinrich Malan, expressed disappointment with the pitch after their defeat to India. While he avoided blaming the uneven bounce for the loss, he acknowledged the need for a more balanced surface.

His sentiments echo after Sri Lanka’s meager total of 77 in the previous match against South Africa.

Concerns over Player Safety

Former England coach Andy Flower went a step further, labeling the pitch “bordering on dangerous.” He described the unpredictable bounce posing a safety risk to batsmen. While acknowledging India’s bowlers exploited the conditions well, Flower emphasized the difficulty for batters, particularly from smaller cricketing nations.

India adapts to Challenging Conditions

India’s batting coach, Vikram Rathour, acknowledged the challenging pitch, but highlighted his team’s ability to adapt. He emphasized their experience in dealing with such surfaces and expressed confidence in their skills.

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Focus shifts to upcoming T20 World Cup matches

While the pitch controversy continues, the tournament moves forward. Ireland will face Canada at a different venue, while all eyes turn to the marquee India-Pakistan clash on Sunday. The question remains: will the New York pitch allow for a fair and exciting contest, or will it continue to dictate low-scoring encounters?

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