The pitch was awarded one demerit point. (File Photo)
The most experienced match referee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Ranjan Madugalle, has given the pitch of Kandy’s Palekal International Stadium an ‘average to poor’ rating. Around 1300 runs were scored during the match at the stadium which hosted the recent Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (SL vs Bdesh). According to an ICC release, “The venue has received a demerit point under the ICC’s pitch and outfield monitoring process.” Bangladesh declared the first innings after scoring 541 runs for seven wickets and then scored 100 runs for two wickets in the second innings. Sri Lanka only got a chance to bat once and the hosts had declared the first innings by scoring 648 runs for eight wickets, including the best double century of captain Dimuth Karunaratne. Former Sri Lankan captain Madugalle said, “There was hardly any change in the nature of the pitch during the five days. The balance between the ball and the bat did not change as the game progressed. Get a demerit number
He said, ‘The pitch was batting friendly throughout the match, making 1289 runs at an average of 75.82 at the loss of 17 wickets in the match, which is a much higher average. Therefore, according to ICC guidelines, I give a poor rating to the match pitch on average. As per the revised rules of pitch and outfield monitoring, the venue of the pitch which is rated below average is awarded one demerit point whereas the places with ‘poor’ and ‘unfit’ pitch are given three and five demerit points respectively.Also read: ZIM vs PAK: Pakistan captain Babar Azam said- I have the right to the decision, management only gives opinion 12-month ban on 5 demerit points
Demerit points remain active for five years. If a venue has five or more demerit points then it is suspended from hosting international cricket for 12 months. If 10 demerits are scored then the venue is suspended from hosting international cricket for 24 months. During the India and England series, questions were also raised about the pitch. But no demerit points were found.