How are the wickets of Test cricket in the subcontinent? Simply put, the first two days are at least wicket freezing. Do not catch cracks. The batting does not become very difficult.
If there is grass in the wicket or if there is a little moisture, the pacers get good help. All in all, both sides have good opportunities. Over the next three days, the wicket gradually cracked. Spinners get help. Then again the batsmen have to test their footwork.
If the wicket is strong, the pacers also get an advantage on the fourth or fifth day. The question is, has there been any such instance in the five days of the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh first Test at Pallekele?
Simply put, no. The game rolled on the field for five days. The batsmen have got full advantage in these five days. Even on the fourth or fifth day, the spinners did not get the expected turn. The wickets have not been broken in the last two days due to the grass.
So the bowlers did not get the opportunity to throw the ball in uneven places. Pallekele’s wicket has been criticized from the beginning of the match. The captains of the two teams also made it clear at the end of the match that they did not want such a wicket.
Pallekele’s wicket was not broken on the fifth day.
Pallekele’s wicket was not broken on the fifth day. Photo: AFP
The ICC said the wickets in the first Test at Pallekele were “below average”. The ICC confirmed this in a press release today. A demerit point has been added to the record at Pallekele Stadium.
Experienced ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle was the match referee for the first Test of the series. His observation about the wicket, ‘The character of the wicket has not changed much in five days. As the game progressed, there was no change in the balance of bat and ball. The wicket was batting friendly all the time. After losing just 17 wickets, 1269 runs have been scored, while the average run per wicket is 75.62. It’s too much. “This wicket is below the average for me,” according to ICC rules.
A demerit point is added when a field wicket is below the average value. Three demerit points are added if it is low quality and five demerit points are added if it is unsuitable.
However, the calculation is different in the case of field outfield. No demerit points are added if the outfield is below the average value. However, two demerit points are added if the outfield is low and five demerit points are added if it is unsuitable.
This demerit point is valid for up to five years. If a venue gets 5 demerit points, it is banned from hosting international matches for 12 months. If you get 10 demerit points, you will be banned for 24 months.
The second Test is starting in Pallekele from tomorrow. However, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Koranaratne has hinted at a different wicket in this match.