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England’s ground dimensions become a concern for the bowlers
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England’s ground dimensions become a concern for the bowlers

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is scheduled in England and Wales from 30th May 2019 to 14th July 2019. The biggest cricket carnival will take place in 11 venues across England and Wales. The following are the venues for the World Cup:

·         Trent Bridge, Nottingham (5 fixtures scheduled)

·         The River Side, Durham (3 fixtures scheduled)

·         The Oval, London (5 fixtures scheduled)

·         Old Trafford, Manchester (6 fixtures scheduled including semi-final)

·         Lords, London (5 fixtures scheduled including final)

·         Headingly, Leeds (4 fixtures scheduled)

·         Hampshire Bowl, Southampton (5 fixtures scheduled)

·         Edgbaston, Birmingham (5 fixtures scheduled including semi-final)

·         County Cricket Ground, Taunton (3 fixtures scheduled)

·         Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (4 fixtures scheduled)

·         Bristol County Ground, Bristol (3 fixtures scheduled)

 

The ground dimensions of most of the above-mentioned grounds are not generally in favour of batsmen. The grounds are not in the shape of a circle which results in the unequal length of boundaries on either side of the wicket.

The recent demonstration in Pakistan vs England ODI series was the example of harm which the bowlers can get on these grounds. The ground's dimensions are tilted in the favour of the batting sides. On the grounds with short boundaries, it is hard for the captain and the bowlers to defend the totals.

The World Cup 2019 is expected to be a high scoring tournament and the team with the better bowling line-up will probably survive through. The question still persists that how will ICC counter this condition in order to create some balance between the bat and ball otherwise it would be just a run-fest in this World Cup.