ESPNcricinfo understands the semi-final was initially presupposed to be performed on Pitch 7, the central strip of the Wankhede Stadium’s pitch block. Pitch 7 is a recent floor that was not used within the league stage of the World Cup.
The change represents a late deviation from the pitch allocation devised earlier than the World Cup. A supply instructed ESPNcricinfo: “6-8-6-8-7 was the deliberate rotation at Wankhede. 6-8-6-8 is what has been used to this point.”
In accordance with the ICC’s Taking part in Situations for the World Cup, the related ‘floor authority’ is “answerable for the choice and preparation of the pitch” earlier than any given match – on this case, the Mumbai Cricket Affiliation (MCA). The ICC even have an impartial pitch marketing consultant, Andy Atkinson, who works alongside native groundstaff.
The Each day Mail reported that Atkinson has grow to be pissed off by adjustments to pre-agreed plans all through the World Cup, and that he speculated in a leaked e mail whether or not the pitch for the ultimate in Ahmedabad on Sunday “would be the first ever ICC CWC remaining to have a pitch which has been particularly chosen and ready to their stipulation on the request of the staff administration and/or the hierarchy of the house nation board.”
Ought to India make the ultimate in Ahmedabad, they’d face both Australia or South Africa. Pat Cummins put his religion within the ICC to supervise the pitch course of.
“Yeah, I noticed that [the report]…clearly ICC have an impartial pitch curator who manages that so I am certain they’re throughout ensuring it is truthful for each groups,” he mentioned. “Thus far this event [on pitches] that we have performed on I’ve not seen any difficulty.”
There isn’t any ICC requirement which states that knockout fixtures should be performed on recent pitches. The one stipulation of their Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Course of reads: “It’s anticipated that venues which are allotted the duty of internet hosting a match will current the very best pitch and outfield situations for that match.”
The semi-finals of the 2019 ODI World Cup, in England 4 years in the past, had been each performed on recent pitches at Previous Trafford and Edgbaston. However final 12 months, each T20 World Cup semi-finals had been performed on used pitches: one at Adelaide Oval, the opposite on the Sydney Cricket Floor.
Each India and New Zealand gamers inspected the pitch on the Wankhede from shut quarters on Tuesday night earlier than it was coated by groundstaff early throughout India’s coaching session beneath floodlights.