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New Zealand's Tour Of Bangladesh, 2nd Test: International Cricket Council Deems Mirpur Pitch 'Unsatisfactory'

ICC match referee David Boon said the Mirpur pitch for the second NZ vs BAN Test "may have been underprepared". The report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which now has 14 days to appeal against the sanction

Action from the second Test match between New Zealand and New Zealand in Mirpur.
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The Mirpur pitch, which hosted the second and final test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand, has received a demerit point after the International Cricket Council rated it as unsatisfactory. (Cricket News)

ICC match referee David Boon in his assessment said that “the pitch may have been underprepared" and that “deliveries from spin bowlers often went over the batter's shoulder when playing forward and then occasionally stayed very low.”

New Zealand won the match by four wickets to level the two-match series, thanks to Glenn Phillips' all-round performance.

The match overall saw just 178.1 overs of action over the course of 3 1/2 days after all of Day 2 and some sizable chunks of the first and third days got chopped off due to rain and wet outfields, making it the shortest-ever test in Mirpur. A total of 36 wickets fell in that period.

The report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), which now has 14 days to appeal against the sanction.

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