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Richardson blasts ‘not ideal’ pitch

Colombo: Dave Richardson, the ICC CEO, has admitted that the pitch used for the Sri Lanka-Pakistan World T20 semi-final was not ideal for T20 cricket.

Speaking to the media on the eve of the final. Richardson, however, added that preparing a pitch is a tough job because of the prevailing conditions in the island nation.

“Ideally, we need to ensure that a pitch doesn’t change its condition from one innings to next one... Yes, the pitch used in the first semi-final wasn’t an ideal wicket for the T20 format as there was too much assistance to spinners,” the former South African wicket-keeper said.

Wasim Akram had also criticised the Premadasa pitch used in first semi-final, on Thursday.

While Akram had accused Sri Lanka of trying to prepare a wicket that suits their spinners, Richardson tried to defend the curator saying that conditions were same for both teams.

“There was advantage for both the teams and Sri Lankan spinners took better advantage of the situation. Having said that, I spoke to the curator and he said that wicket was too dry to his liking. You have to accept that in this climate, where it is so hot, to prepare a wicket is incredibly difficult,” Richardson said.

On a different issue, the CEO did admit that BCCI’s reluctance to accept the Decision Review System (DRS) is stopping the apex body from introducing it uniformly across the game.

“Look, I believe in having discussions when someone sits across the table voluntarily. The ICC can’t run with a stick and coax them into accepting technology. As of now, they have some in-principle problems in accepting the DRS. What we now plan to do is to show them the improvements that we have had regarding the ball-tracking and Hot Spot technologies,” Richardson said. (Agencies)