ICC chief happy with ‘sporting’ World Cup pitches

Universal Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson on Sunday said he was content with the World Cup’s “wearing pitches”, demanding they have given a decent harmony among bat and ball.

Hosts England posted a competition high of 397 for six against Afghanistan on June 18, yet groups have attempted to move beyond 250 in the second innings of matches.

The 10-group rivalry has seen glorious hundreds by the world’s top batsmen including Australia’s David Warner, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Joe Root of England. Be that as it may, the bowlers have made their quality felt with Australia paceman Mitchell Starc driving the wicket-takers diagram with 24 scalps in eight matches.

Richardson said the ICC’s just bearing to the pitch keepers was to get ready wearing tracks.

“During our playing days a score of somewhere in the range of 220 and 260 was a decent score however not currently. So our lone course to the custodians was to get ready wearing tracks,” the previous South African wicketkeeper-batsman told correspondents in Edgbaston.

“What’s more, what’s gladdening to find in this competition is the means by which the bowlers have had a state and we have seen some energizing cricket.

“Obviously in ODIs you won’t see the same number of close recreations as in Twenty20 cricket yet the matches have dove deep and that is significant.”

Shielding champions Australia were the primary group to book their semi-finals billet and now have seven successes from their eight alliance matches.

The semi-last race opened up after England’s stun misfortune to Sri Lanka a week ago, with six of the 10 groups battling for the staying three spots.

“Notwithstanding during the South Africa-India game, I accepted for some time the Proteas will get a couple of more wickets however it didn’t occur,” he said.

“With the goal that’s what I mean when I state that the competition has satisfied desires and just improved throughout the years.”

Fan viciousness in Leeds on Saturday damaged a World Cup coordinate among Pakistan and Afghanistan as police were compelled to intercede subsequent to battling broke out between supporters of the two groups.

Richardson said that episodes like these lone make the ICC increasingly “mindful” and “arranged”.

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