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Ahead of India vs Pakistan clash, ICC admits New York pitches at T20 World Cup not up to the mark

NEW DELHI: The Nassau County ground's track has raised concerns during the ongoing T20 World Cup, with the ICC acknowledging on Thursday that the pitches used thus far have not played as consistently as we would have all wanted. The track is described as "bordering on dangerous with huge open cracks".
These worries intensified following India's eight-wicket victory against Ireland in a low-scoring match, where Ireland was dismissed for just 96 runs in 16 overs.
During the successful chase, India's captain Rohit Sharma, who scored a half-century, was struck on his right bicep by pacer Josh Little, forcing him to retire hurt. The ball that hit him suddenly took off from length on a pitch that provided a significant amount of uneven bounce. Rishabh Pant was also hit on his left elbow during his unbeaten 36.
Apart from the injury scares, the nature of the pitch, a drop-in surface brought specifically from Adelaide for the World Cup, has raised questions. India are scheduled to play two more matches at this stadium.
Several former players, including Irfan Pathan, Michael Vaughan, and Sanjay Manjrekar, have deemed the track unsuitable for T20 cricket, especially when the event is being promoted as cricket's entry into the untapped American market.
"T20 Inc and the ICC recognise that the pitches used so far at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium have not played as consistently as we would have all wanted," the ICC said in a statement.

"The world-class grounds team have been working hard since the conclusion of yesterday's game to remedy the situation and deliver the best possible surfaces for the remaining matches," it added.
Rohit is anticipated to recover from his injury in time for the highly anticipated match against Pakistan, scheduled for Sunday.
"Rohit's injury isn't serious. He himself said that it's a bit sore. He should be okay for Pakistan game (on Sunday) as of now. There are two practice sessions before that," a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Pathan, a key member of India's victorious 2007 T20 World Cup squad, expressed his strong disapproval of the pitch, calling it unsafe.
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