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