International Cricket Council (ICC) has upheld it’s previous decision of imposing one demerit point to Mirpur stadium for it’s ‘below average’ pitch in the second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka held in February.
The Mirpur Test saw vicious turn and bounce right from the first day’s play. That match ended in two and a half days. ICC later handed one demerit point on this pitch.
However, Bangladesh Cricket Board challenged ICC’s decision and appealed against it. On Friday (16 March), ICC said in a media release that match referee David Boon’s decision of adding one demerit point was correct.
“The International Cricket Council has upheld the decision to impose one demerit point on the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium for a “below average” pitch used during the second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from 8-10 February 2018.
“The Bangladesh Cricket Board’s appeal against the sanction was considered by Geoff Allardice, General Manager – Cricket, and Anil Kumble, Chair of the Cricket Committee, who after taking into account the grounds for appeal and other relevant information, came to the conclusion that the rating given by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees was correct,” said an ICC release.
Mirpur Cricket Stadium has now two demerit points. The first one came after Bangladesh’s historic win over Australia last year. ICC rated Mirpur outfield ‘poor’. If Mirpur gets a total of five demerit points in five years then the venue will be suspended for one year.