Mirpur hosted the 1st Bangladesh vs Australia series © AFP
Mirpur hosted the 1st Bangladesh vs Australia series © AFP

The outfield of Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka — the venue of the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia — has been termed as ‘poor’ by International Cricket Council (ICC).

ICC-appointed match referee for the match, Jeff Crowe’s comments on the ground and its conditions were released on Thursday. ICC now await a response from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), which will be reviewed by Geoff Allardice, general manager of cricket, ICC and Ranjan Madugalle, chief match referee, ICC.

It is the same venue where Bangladesh posted their historic victory, their first against Australia in Tests.

Cricbuzz reported, ICC released a statement on the matter saying, “Crowe, in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, submitted his report to the ICC in which he expressed concern over the quality of the outfield. The report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which now has 14 days to provide its response.”

Earlier in 2016, two South Africa grounds, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Kingsmead, Durban were handed official warning after the grounds were rated as poor by the match officials.