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BCB takes blame for poor Mirpur wicket

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 10 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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BCB takes blame for poor Mirpur wicket
BCB Ground’s Committee Chairman Mahbubul Anam (right) talks to head curator Gamini De Silva while visiting the wickets of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. – SUN PHOTO

The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday took the blame on its shoulder for not being able to produce sporting wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Bangladesh achieved some great successes at the home of cricket in recent times as they beat giants like Australia and New Zealand during the bilateral T20I series while they also defeated Sri Lanka, West Indies and Afghanistan in the 50-over format – also in convincing manners.

However, each of their victories created controversy after the hosts made low and slow wickets in order to register victories over the opponents and it was criticized heavily by the cricketing fraternity across the world.

Many also criticized the head curator Gamini De Silva for not being able to make sporting wickets in Mirpur but the BCB Ground’s Committee Chairman Mahbubul Anam backed the Sri Lankan by saying that the blame must be taken by the board itself.

“I won’t make comments on an individual person. From school cricket to all, there are 3500 days (matches) of cricket happening across Bangladesh each year. Stadiums like Mirpur shouldn’t host matches for more than 60 days. But since January, we have already played 120 days cricket here,” Mahbubul told the reporters in Mirpur after he along with manager Abdul Baten and curator Gamini inspected the wicket for the second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

“I don’t think God can also help here. I will take the blame. As the (members) of the board, we should take it.

“If you blame and show outrage to anyone personally, it must be an injustice. There are many victories on this ground. We, the board, took the garlands of credit that time. We don’t give the garlands to the others at that time.

“We have victories against big teams such as England, and Australia in Tests here. We have beaten New Zealand by four-nil on the same ground. We also win against West Indies and other teams. I think most of our criticism evolved from ignorance.

“Another problem - the soil we need to make a wicket is not easily gettable. The wicket of Mirpur is made of black clay. The wicket was made by the curator of Perth. Bogura’s wicket is made of more brown clay, Chattogram’s wicket is even more clayey…It’s very difficult to get a good type of soil but we are trying to find the best soil for wickets,” he added.