ECB Regret For Providing Used Pitch for Women’s Test
The England and Wales Cricket Board has apologized for not being able to provide a fresh pitch for the women’s Test against India, which will begin on June 16 at the County Ground in Bristol.
“We are all disappointed that the wicket for the LV= Insurance Test match against India will have had 37 overs played on it. We know that England Women deserve a fresh wicket and we are sorry that we were unable to provide that in this instance,” ECB said.
“With the Test only being added to the calendar in mid-April, coupled with the lack of available first class grounds, we knew a fresh TV pitch was going to be a challenge. We accept that this issue shouldn’t have arisen and we will make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”
ECB sorry for providing used pitch for historic India-England Women’s Test; reason absurd https://t.co/nLqL3KX7xR
— Republic (@republic) June 16, 2021
Skipper Heather Knight
This comes after skipper Heather Knight confessed that not having a new wicket for such a huge event wasn’t ideal.
“I guess it’s obviously not ideal,” Knight said on the eve of the game. “We’d much prefer to be on a fresh one but it is what it is. And we don’t know how it’s going to play necessarily.”
“We found out last week. We obviously tried to get it changed but it was a little bit too late for that to happen. It’s unfortunate but it still could play very well.”
Preparing For Home Test For The First Time In Two Years
As England prepares to play a home Test for the first time in nearly two years, former England cricketer Alex Hartley was more vocal in her condemnation of the turn of events on social media.
” Hahahahaha of course England’s first home test match for 2 years is on a USED WICKET!!! Massive moment in the game playing India in a test match… I know, yes, perfect let’s stick them on a used one. You have to laugh or you will cry. WHAT. A. SHAMBLES. 🤞🏽🤞🏽 it plays well ” Hartley Tweeted