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Sri Lanka file complaint to ICC regarding substandard pitches and training facilities
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Sri Lanka file complaint to ICC regarding substandard pitches and training facilities

Sri Lanka have lodged an official complaint to the ICC regarding the 'unfair' pitches they have had to play their World Cup matches on, in addition to the disappointing travel arrangements and training facilities provided by the authorities.

Sri Lanka have had a topsy-turvy journey in the tournament so far, facing a ten-wicket drubbing at the hands of New Zealand on a lush green pitch in their opening game before just edging past Afghanistan in a rain-affected encounter.

Sri Lanka's last two games against Bangladesh and Pakistan were abandoned due to rain, giving them a long break before they lock horns with Australia on Saturday at the Oval.

Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel is, however, critical of another green track prepared for the forthcoming game, since it is likely to unfairly play to the advantage of the Australian pace attack.

"What we have found out is that for the four matches we have played so far at Cardiff and Bristol the ICC has prepared a green pitch, and at the same venues where the other countries have played the pitches are brown and favourable for high scoring,” De Mel told Daily News.

"The pitch being prepared for our match against Australia on Saturday here at The Oval is green.

"It is not sour grapes that we are complaining but it is very unfair on the part of the ICC that they prepare one type of wicket for certain teams and another type for others," he complained.

'Practice facilities are also unsatisfactory'

De Mel mentioned he was still awaiting a response from the ICC after having written to them regarding these inconveniences.

He pointed out the lack of proper training facilities given to the 1996 World Cup champions, which included an inadequate number of nets and no arrangement of a swimming pool for the players to loosen their muscles.

"Even the practice facilities provided at Cardiff were unsatisfactory," he noted.

"Instead of three nets they gave us only two and the hotel we were put up at Bristol did not have a swimming pool, which is very essential for every team for the fast bowlers especially to relax their muscles after practice. The hotels that Pakistan and Bangladesh were put up at Bristol had swimming pools.

"We wrote to the ICC listing all these shortcomings four days ago but so far we have not had any response from them. We will continue to write to them until we get a reply," he said.