Both the pitches for the Tests were rated 'poor' by ICC (Image courtesy: AFP)
Both the pitches for the Tests were rated ‘poor’ by ICC (Image courtesy: AFP)

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday promised to improve pitches for international Tests after its two best venues were rated “below average” by the sports governing body following the Sri Lanka series.

The International Cricket Council penalised the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka for its subpar pitch a week after rebuking Bangladesh’s other top venue in Chittagong for its shoddy ground.

The latest Test against Sri Lanka ended inside three days, with the visitors thrashing Bangladesh by 215 runs in a match that saw both sides all-out twice in less than eight sessions.

The Chittagong Test, however, saw batsmen plunder more than 1,500 runs, with Sri Lanka declaring at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings.

ICC match referee David Boon, who issued a demerit point to both venues for below-average pitches, said the Dhaka ground was poor from Day One.

“There was evidence of the ball breaking the pitch surface, which resulted in uneven bounce throughout the match, along with inconsistent turn, which was even excessive at times,” he said in a statement.