New Zealand A v India A, Lincoln September 18, 2012

Bad pitch forces abandonment

ESPNcricinfo staff

An unfit pitch forced the postponement of the first one-dayer between New Zealand A and India A at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval. Only six overs were possible before umpires Phil Jones and Wayne Knights decided to abandon the game. The match has been postponed by New Zealand Cricket and will be played on Wednesday at the same venue but on a different strip.

New Zealand managed to score eight runs in the period as they struggled to play deliveries rising alarmingly off the pitch and some staying too low. They lost their openers Hamish Rutherford and George Worker for no score to deliveries that lifted sharply. Daniel Flynn, who scored seven, was the only batsman to get runs.

NZC Head of Cricket Operations Lindsay Crocker expressed surprise at the substandard pitch. "Other pitches which have been played on this season, including practice ones, have played well and historically been of a high standard.

"We'll be looking into the issue and will be closely analysing the structure and surface to see what went wrong on this particular pitch and how to avoid a repeat," he told the NZC website.

The two subsequent one-dayers have both been pushed behind for a day due to the rescheduling of this game: the second match will now be played on Thursday and the final on Sunday. NZC have also included a four-day match to the program, to be played from September 26 to September 29, with the final four-dayer to be played four days later as planned.

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  • siddhartha on September 19, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @OMAIR MOHMMAD SADIQ- yeah just like the way Pakistan lost to England today and true condition of Pakistani batting got revealed,shows that Monday's win against India was an aberration.

  • narsimha on September 19, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    OMAIR MOHMMAD SADIQ -In dreams man ,go to score card ,this match is complated with INDIAN win - NZ- 170+ all out iIND chased down the tearget with the lose of 7 wicket ,so u keep dreaming ,,,,,,

  • Kevin on September 18, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Can you imagine a test being called off in the West Indies because rain got on the pitch and a few deliveries endangered the batsman? Like that would ever happen???

  • Vikram on September 18, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @ NizarBalanNizar, given that only 6 overs were bowled, I don't think that would have been very tough to do.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I think its basic common sense to cancel the match if the pitch is indeed deemed dangerous - it is true that our forefathers played on uncovered pitches and what nots - but then again - that is no reason to belittle today's generation - man also stayed in the wild and ate raw meat at one point - doesn't make him more of a man than us now does it? Professional cricket today is exactly what the name suggests - a profession - and players need to make sure they are able to check into office for as long as possible - why then create barbaric 'rites of passages' of forcing them to play on a shocker of a wicket - it helps no one - neither the spectators for that matter - and is quite really avoidable - by use of technology - and in this case - common sense.

  • Earl on September 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    We always want to compare today's players with players from an earlier era.The players from an earlier era played on pitches that behaved like this one,without all of the protected gear that is worn by present day players.Why they abandoned the game is beyond me.Maybe they will abandon another for the bowlers sake when they cannot get anything out of the pitch.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    lolz and india will lose the game

  • Nizar on September 18, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Satish, what about the already scored or lost wickets? Change in playing conditions means there has to be new start.

  • Satish on September 18, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Could have transferred the game into the other pitch and continued cricket. Not sure what was stopping them to do that! Similar thing happened in Delhi. If this pitch is not ready, move on to the next..

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