Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers: A shameful incident has happened in Australia’s T20 Franchise League. In the Big Bash League being played here, the match had to be canceled due to bad pitch. The match had to be stopped in the first 6 overs of the match due to the lethal nature of the pitch. After much deliberation, it was decided to cancel this match.
The new season of Big Bash League has started from 7th December. Today (10 December) a match was being played between Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers. This was only the fourth match of this season. Melbourne Renegades captain Nick Maddinson won the toss and decided to bowl first.
The condition of the pitch was so bad that it was difficult for the batsmen to score runs. Perth Scorchers’ openers Stephen (0) and Cooper (6) were returned to the pavilion cheaply. Aaron Hardy and Josh Inglis were facing the bowlers somehow but after 6.5 overs, the match had to be stopped due to the lethality of the pitch.
The umpires had a long conversation with the coach and captain of both the teams and also had a long conversation with the match organizer. After this it was decided to cancel the match. Equal points were distributed to both the teams.
Why was the pitch in such a condition?
This match was being played at Simmonds Stadium in Geelong. It rained here last night. Some spots on the pitch are visible from which it appears that water has reached the pitch through the cover. This was the reason why irregular bounce started appearing on the pitch. The ball could have fallen on the pitch and injured the batsmen. Even the cricketers were surprised to see the deadly nature of the pitch in a 6.5 over game. Quinton de Kock, who was keeping wickets, was also seen speechless on some balls. Certainly, the Big Bash League organizer and Cricket Australia will be extremely embarrassed after this incident.
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