Masrafe Mortaza    Getty Images
Mashrafe Mortaza Getty Images

Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka was highly criticised for a slow wicket. Captains of Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians, Mashrafe Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal, were disappointed with the nature of the pitch.

The 35th match of Bangladesh Premier League 2017 between Riders and Comilla Victorians was expected to be entertaining contest, which boasted of big hitters such as Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum. The slow pitch of SBNC restricted the Rangpur Riders to a score 97, with McCullum (24) being the highest scorer.

Comilla Victorians, the table-toppers, had trouble chasing down 97 with the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Shoaib Malik. The post-match presentation was focused on the pitch prepared by the curator Gamini De Silva.

Mortaza, who expressed his disappointment, said, “I think all of you understand cricket and, honestly speaking, playing T20 cricket on such a wicket is really tough, more so after returning from Chittagong. To get such kind of wicket definitely is not acceptable to us.

“I think it is high time we put our focus on the wicket and that too with utmost importance.”

Tamim, who survived in the first over after a missed stumping chance, added more to the disappointment.

“There’s always an excuse that this venue doesn’t get any rest as it hosts a lot of matches, but this time we are playing after a gap of 10 days. Perhaps the curator can give the best answer,” said Tamim.

“It is disappointing for the crowd as they witnessed one team scoring just 97 runs and the other struggling to complete the task,” he added.