ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Final ‘Average’ rating presentation by ICC – LSB

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The ICC has given the Ahmedabad stadium used in the 2023 World Cup final between India and Australia an ‘average’ rating. The ICC updated its list of pitch and pitch ratings this week, and surfaces have been rated for as many as eight World Cup matches at an average of five Indian stadiums overall. This included five matches involving host India.
The World Cup final on 19 November was played at the same stadium that had hosted the match between India and Pakistan five weeks earlier, on the recommendation of ICC stadium consultant Andy Atkinson, and the track received an average rating for both matches. The surface at Eden Gardens used in the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa was also rated average. Eden Gardens received average ratings – five in total.
The surface of the first semi-final between India and New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been rated as ‘good’. The track was in focus after the pitch was changed in the lead-up to the match from a new surface to a used track, but fears of it being slow were not played out with the teams totaling 724 runs, over three centuries across both innings. Including, with the only wicket falling into the spin.

The International Cricket Council rates stadiums, separately, for all international games as one of six ratings: very good, good, average, below average, poor and inadequate.

During the tournament, India coach Rahul Dravid expressed his disagreement with two “average” pitch ratings given out for the I-League matches in Chennai (against Australia) and Ahmedabad (against Pakistan). At the time he called for more diversity in the types of surfaces considered “good” or “very good.”

“If you want to watch only 350 matches and rate only those pitches as good, then I don’t agree with that,” Dravid said ahead of India’s match against New Zealand in Dharamsala on October 22. “You get to see different skills on display,” too. If you want to see only fours and sixes, we have T20 for that. Why do we need anything else?

“There are skills on display on 350 wickets as well. That’s fine on that particular day. But in the first few matches when you get a little spin or something happens that brings the bowlers into the game, and you start rating the pitches as average, where ‘Are the bowlers leaving?’ Why do they come then? Play two T20 matches then. “We need a better way to define what is good or average.”

Dharamsala stadium rated ‘average’

The ICC was largely satisfied with the nature of the outdoor venues, with the exception of the one in Dharamsala which was rated as ‘average’ for four out of the five matches it hosted. During the tournament, a number of players criticized the field. The main problem centered around the patchy grass and sandy base, which prevented players from diving freely, posing a threat of injury if they attempted.

The stadium in the last of Dharamsala’s five World Cup matches, between Australia and New Zealand on October 28, was rated “very good”.

The only other venue to receive an ‘average’ stadium rating was the MCA Stadium in Pune, for the India-Bangladesh match on 19 October.
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