New York T20 World Cup pitch slammed over a tragedy

The newly inaugurated Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York has been receiving huge criticism from present and former cricketers due to its unpredictable surface.

Even fans started to slam the slow-natured pitch that has produced low-scoring contests in all matches held at this venue so far. As a result, the International Cricket Council (ICC) faced several controversies regarding the quality of the pitch in New York and its inability to provide proper entertainment for the T20 World Cup 2024 matches. Recently, several fans and experts demanded the organizers shift the remaining matches to alternate venues.

Most often, the batsmen were left struggling to execute big shots leading to low-scoring encounters in the tournament.

Let’s find out the opinions of the experts and cricketers about the pitch conditions in New York.

Opinion about the Nassau Cricket Stadium in T20 World Cup 2024

Here is what several experts and cricketers said about the Nassau Cricket Stadium by highlighting the fact that it has been a challenging experience for batters on such unusual tracks:

1. Sanjay Manjrekar:

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar while speaking to ESPN Cricinfo said that the overall surface for a T20 game isn’t suitable for batters. He feels that the T20 contest must have a perfectly balanced wicket between the bat and ball which goes completely missing in the ongoing tournament. Furthermore, Manjrekar stated that the pitch is favoring too much for the bowlers and would be a nightmare for batters.

2.  Aiden Markram:

South African skipper Aiden Markram after winning the first match in the group stages of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Sri Lanka, showered praises on his fielders for restricting Sri Lanka to 77-10 in 19.1 overs. At the same time, he accepted the fact that the batting was a bit inconsistent since it was a tough wicket. Also, he expressed that his team is fortunate to play their next two games at the same venue, and it should help in providing a decent idea of how to perform well by coming up with alternative plans.

3. Wanindu Hasaranga:

Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga during the post-match discussion said that his team was expecting a total of 160–170 runs, but he realized that it was 120-130 runs wickets. He felt that his team could have performed better on such slow pitches.

Despite, Hasaranga exhibiting his best bowling performance of 2-22 in 3.2 overs, it couldn’t help his team defend a low-scoring total against South Africa.

4. Vikram Rathour:

Indian team batting coach Vikram Rathour after winning the match against Ireland said that it was a challenging wicket to bat on, and the entire team was expecting a challenging total based on their recent warm-up match against Bangladesh. The batting lineup has to use all their skills and experience to tackle the tricky surface.

Additionally, Vikram said that the entire team management is finding a way to deal with the issues, and having several skilled and experienced players in the squad will help to overcome the obstacles.

Team India’s batting coach is confident about the consistent batters in the team who can bat on any kind of surface and has been the strength for several years.

5. Andy Flower:

Former England coach and Zimbabwe cricketer Andy Flower said that the pitch in New York is extremely dangerous and isn’t suitable for playing an international match. He pointed out the unusual bounce and pace of the ball that hits a batter’s thumb, gloves, and helmet, which makes the gameplay challenging and unsafe.

6. Michael Vaughan:

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan took the issue seriously by sharing a post on his X account saying that it was a shocking pitch, which is completely unacceptable for experienced players to play on the low-quality surface in New York. Especially, the English commentator feels that any hardworking players securing their spot in the World Cup have to play on such dangerous tracks.

Although Vaughan acknowledged the efforts to promote cricket in the United States, he emphasized the unfair conditions a player has to undergo to perform well in the tournament.

7. Rohit Sharma:

During the post-match discussion, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said he was uncertain about the new ground and felt that the pitch hadn’t settled down even after batting second since it favored heavily for the bowlers.

During the match against Ireland, Rohit Sharma was hit on his right bicep by a ball bowled by the Ireland pacer Josh Little. Although the Hitman smashed a couple of sixes to reach his fifty, the pain started to increase which forced him to retire hurt in the middle of India’s chase.

Moments later Rishabh Pant also faced the same injury scare when the ball struck on his left elbow.

Conclusion

Teams in Group A and Group D will feel relieved that Nassau County International Stadium in New York will host its last match in the tournament between India and the United States of the group stages on June 12. As a result, the Super Eight rounds will be played on the West Indies pitches that might provide a fair contest between a batter and a bowler. 

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