Bangladesh bowlers have benefitted from playing on the greener tracks in the ongoing Asia Cup T20.(AFP Photo)
Bangladesh bowlers have benefitted from playing on the greener tracks in the ongoing Asia Cup T20.(AFP Photo)

Green tracks part of Bangladesh prep for World T20 matches in Dharamsala

The greenish tracks left most teams stumped. Bangladesh is known for its slow wickets that offer help to spin. The tilt towards pacers was unexpected, especially in a Twenty20 event.
By Kushal Phatarpekar | Hindustan Times, Mirpur
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2016 03:17 PM IST

The wickets in the ongoing Asia Cup have dominated conversations through the course of the tournament. The greenish tracks left most teams stumped. Bangladesh is known for its slow wickets that offer help to spin. The tilt towards pacers was unexpected, especially in a Twenty20 event.

In the lead up to the World T20, such wickets, usually unseen in the subcontinent, led to a tournament seen more as a preparatory series before the marquee event turn into a test of adaptability rather than a platform to sharpen skills.

The one team, though, that flourished in the conditions was the home team Bangladesh. Packed with pacers, they made the most of the conditions and countered the visiting India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and UAE, who had to spend considerable time adjusting and re-tweaking combinations.

Pakistan were the only other team to have more pacers in the ranks. However, a lack of application meant their progress was stunted.

Incidentally, Bangladesh head straight to Dharamsala following the Asia Cup. There they will play all of their qualifying games. Traditionally, Dharamsala is known for its bouncy and fast wicket. According to a senior official in the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the idea was to help the pacers in the side prepare themselves ahead of the crucial qualifying rounds.

“We play our first game, March 9, just three days after the final. We knew there would hardly be any time to test our players, and so the thought was to prepare tracks that would help the bowlers,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

However, after the widespread criticism, even from within the BCB, the wickets in the latter part of the tournament looked to have had the green cover removed.

Bangladesh in the past year have changed their focus from spin to pace. Under coach Chandika Hathurusingha and bowling coach Heath Streak, the focus has been on grooming young pace bowlers.

As such, Bangladesh hold a clear advantage when they land in Dharamsala. While, the tracks have invariably helped Bangladesh find their feet before the World T20, for teams like India, who depend on their spinners heavily, the conditions have proved a hurdle in their preparations.

The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, who was man-of-the-series during India’s series against Sri Lanka at home, have been left to play second fiddle through the Asia Cup.

The lack of spin has also dented preparations for the batsmen, who instead of facing all types of bowlers have had to focus on their mental faculties in combating pacers and the lateral movement off the wicket at the Shere Bangla stadium in the past fortnight.

India will now hope to make the most of its two warm-up ties before they take on the formidable New Zealand side in their opening tie in Nagpur on March 15.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Pakistan Cricket Board's managing director Wasim Khan.. File(AP)
Pakistan Cricket Board's managing director Wasim Khan.. File(AP)

PCB CEO Wasim Khan likely to get extension at BOG meeting

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:57 PM IST
Although the BOG has a long agenda to deal with one of the main items is giving an extension to Wasim Khan, who has also expressed his interest in continuing as CEO.
Close
India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates.

Ball makers SG to conduct more trials after two day pink ball Test

By Rasesh Mandani, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:05 PM IST
India vs England: Ashwin says players will take time to adapt, as BCCI confirms pink ball Tests here to stay
Close
Jonathan Trott.(ECB Media)
Jonathan Trott.(ECB Media)

We would be doing ourselves a disservice by blaming the pitch: Trott

PTI, Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:56 PM IST
The pitch of the Pink-ball Test here received a lot of flak from some quarters after England were bundled out for 112 and 81 in the two innings during their 10-wicket loss on Thursday.
Close
India's Ravichandran Ashwin throws the ball to a teammate. File(AP)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin throws the ball to a teammate. File(AP)

Stopped thinking about landmarks long back: Ashwin on Kumble's 619 wicket-mark

PTI, Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:31 PM IST
Ashwin has become the fourth Indian bowler to complete 400 wickets in Test cricket and was asked if surpassing 'Peak 619' could be a reality in coming years.
Close
Indian captain Virat Kohli with teammates during a Test match against England(PTI)
Indian captain Virat Kohli with teammates during a Test match against England(PTI)

Will India lose WTC points if ICC rates Ahmedabad pitch as 'poor'? Explained

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:54 PM IST
India vs England: Although it is unlikely that ICC will pass such a judgment on the Ahmedabad pitch used for the third Test but even if they do, it won’t affect India’s points in the World Test Championship (WTC).
Close
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. File(Getty Images)
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. File(Getty Images)

COVID-19 spike in Maharashtra: No spectators for 3 Pune ODIs

ANI
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:05 PM IST
There was some doubts that three ODIs will be shifted elsewhere but after a meeting between CM Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) president Vikas Kakatkar, the permission for the games were obtained.
Close
Mumbai captain Shreyas Iyer in action. (Twitter)
Mumbai captain Shreyas Iyer in action. (Twitter)

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mumbai continue dominant show, beat Rajasthan

PTI, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:01 PM IST
  • This was Mumbai's fourth successive win, having earlier defeated Delhi, Maharashtra and Puducherry.
Close
Indian bowler R Ashwin reacts.(PTI)
Indian bowler R Ashwin reacts.(PTI)

Have utmost respect for Yuvi paa: Ashwin on Yuvraj’s tweet

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:41 PM IST
India vs England: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was asked about the explanation of his recent tweets in the virtual press-conference, and in his response, he said that he did not find anything wrong in Yuvraj's tweet.
Close
Prerak Mankad celebrates his century. (BCCI)
Prerak Mankad celebrates his century. (BCCI)

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Prerak Mankad slams 174 as Saurashtra thrash Chandigarh

PTI, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:39 PM IST
  • Mankad, 26, plundered six sixes and 16 fours in his knock from 130 balls to propel Saurashtra to a massive 388 for 7.
Close
File photo of Australia head coach Justin Langer(REUTERS)
File photo of Australia head coach Justin Langer(REUTERS)

Langer said media leaks on coaching style 'was pretty rough' on his family

UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Opening up about the media leaks regarding his coaching style, Australia's Justin Langer said the controversy was hard on his family.
Close
Darren Gough feels England will find it tough to come back in the final Test. (Getty Images)
Darren Gough feels England will find it tough to come back in the final Test. (Getty Images)

The mentality of this Indian team is like Australia in the 90s: Darren Gough

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:41 PM IST
  • India vs England: As far as India’s performance goes, Gough sees a lot of the mighty Australia that dominated cricket in the late 90s and 2000s in the current Indian team and its thought process.
Close
NFormer Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.(Getty Images)
NFormer Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.(Getty Images)

'Some extreme criticism not really fair,' Gavaskar weighs in on pitch debate

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:58 PM IST
India vs England: On being asked about the criticism of the pitch, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that some of the "extreme criticism" of the pitch is not "really fair"
Close
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @pib on MONDAY, FEB. 22., 2021** Ahmedabad: View of worlds largest cricket stadium, the Motera Stadium, ahead of its inauguration on Feb. 24, in Ahmedabad. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_22_2021_000246B)(PTI)
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @pib on MONDAY, FEB. 22., 2021** Ahmedabad: View of worlds largest cricket stadium, the Motera Stadium, ahead of its inauguration on Feb. 24, in Ahmedabad. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_22_2021_000246B)(PTI)

Motera may escape ICC 'Red Eye' as 4th Test pitch promises to be batting beauty

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:39 PM IST
India vs England: Also the BCCI bigwigs along with the team management understands the fact that another dust bowl won't augur well for the new venue which is expected to host a lot of important matches during IPL as well as ICC T20 World Cup.
Close
Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Virender Sehwag during last year's Road Safety World Series.(Twitter)
Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Virender Sehwag during last year's Road Safety World Series.(Twitter)

Road Safety World Series: India name star-studded squad, Sachin-Sehwag to open

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:17 PM IST
India Legends will play their first match against Bangladesh Legends on March 5 and Sri Lanka Legends start their campaign against West Indies Legends on March 6.
Close
New Zealand's James Neesham, left, and Martin Guptill celebrate the wicket of Australia's Matthew Wade.(AP)
New Zealand's James Neesham, left, and Martin Guptill celebrate the wicket of Australia's Matthew Wade.(AP)

NZ vs Aus: Third and fourth T20I to be played behind closed doors

ANI, Wellington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:14 PM IST
The first and second T20I between New Zealand Women (White Ferns) and England Women will also be played behind closed doors following the change to New Zealand's alert levels with an eye on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP