MANCHESTER (AFP) – Former England batsmen Graeme Fowler and Mark Butcher each took to Twitter to condemn the "awful" pitch used for the arena Cup semi-very last between India and New Zealand at old Trafford on Tuesday.

New Zealand discovered run-scoring tough on what many observers agreed become a slow and -paced surface, making 211 for five in forty six.1 overs earlier than rain compelled the in shape into a reserve day.


New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, one of the global’s great batsmen, took 97 balls to make sixty seven after triumphing the toss.

Fowler, who spent the bulk of his excellent career with old Trafford-based Lancashire, became scathing approximately the situations at the Manchester floor, tweeting: "What an awful wicket for (a) global Cup semi-very last.

"I feel sorry for the spectators who have travelled and paid hefty costs having to watch this lottery on a very substandard pitch.

"It’s a disgrace."

India nevertheless had to bowl properly regardless, and paceman Jasprit Bumrah led a disciplined show by using his aspect’s assault with one wicket for 25 runs in eight overs.

Low ratings have been a feature of this international Cup, with pitches playing in substantially extraordinary fashion from the surfaces visible in a single-day internationals in England in the course of recent years.

a few have attributed this to an unusually moist June hampering groundsmen in their pitch practise.

however Butcher, like Fowler a former England opener, had little sympathy.

"Sorry, however pitches were garbage this event," Butcher tweeted.

"uneven, -paced...Would possibly give you an interesting five overs on the stop of a run chase, but you’ve scared every body off within the preceding ninety five," he delivered.

in the meantime the international Cricket Council once more denied accusations it had informed neighborhood groundsmen to prepare intentionally gradual pitches.

"The guidance we provide any host of an ICC event is to put together the exceptional feasible pitches for the conditions in that united states -- so in this case the fine viable ODI pitch for normal English conditions and we might also search for even soar and top bring," said a declaration from the global governing frame.

"The ICC does no longer instruct groundsmen to prepare pitches in a sure way to benefit, or disadvantage, any crew."

England batsman Jonny Bairstow, whose host side face champions Australia in Thursday’s 2nd semi-final at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground, had previously queried why this tournament’s pitches had been so distinct from those commonly related to world Cup venues.

"The pitches we’ve been gambling at the remaining two years are truely the pitches we would be gambling on in a international Cup? I don’t recognize why they’ve changed," Bairstow stated.

Williamson has been New Zealand’s run-scoring rock this world Cup and previous England speedy-medium bowler Mike Selvey tweeted Tuesday: "touring domestic and reflecting that i have seen one of the greatest innings I’ve ever witnessed from Kane Williamson these days.

"appearance and learn folks who think teeing off is the simplest answer," Selvey, also a former cricket correspondent of the father or mother newspaper, added.