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Pakistan coach Kirsten defends New York surface

Published : Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 70

NEW YORK, JUNE 10: Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten defended the playing surface at New Yorks T20 Cricket World Cup venue on Sunday following his teams defeat to India in a low-scoring contest.

India were bowled out for 119, their lowest ever score against Pakistan in a T20 game but won by six wickets after their rivals fell just short.

All five games at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, which features a drop in square, laid a month before the tournament, have been low-scoring affairs.

There had been criticism of the surface after Indias win over Ireland last week with former Zimbabwe international and ex-England team director Andy Flower calling it "dangerous" because of the uneven bounce.

But Sundays wicket, while hard to score on, provided only the ocassional ball which popped off a length and Kirsten said it had made for an interesting game.

"I think it wasn dangerous, I mean the odd one rose up, but not many. Generally it kept a little bit lower, it was difficult to score from both batting sides and also a fairly slow outfield so it was never going to be a big total," said Kirsten.

"I would have said 140 would have been a really good score on that pitch, so India didn get that and so I thought we had the game," added the South African.

Kirsten said that while boundaries had been at a premium, unusually for the big-hitting T20 format, that simply made for a different kind of contest.

"We knew it was going to be tight, but you know sometimes its fun seeing games like that as well, its not always about sixes and hitting, getting 260 and 240s, you can actually have a really entertaining game on a 120 chase, so I don think its bad for the game," he said.

Last weeks complaints led the International Cricket Council (ICC) to accept that the wickets hadn been up to standards for the opening games at the venue.

"T20 Inc and the ICC recognise that the pitches used so far at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium have not played as consistently as we would have all wanted," the ICC said in a statement.    —AFP

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