Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel has filed an official complaint to the International Cricket Council (ICC) protesting the unfair pitches and unsatisfactory training facilities provided to them. Sri Lanka were thrashed by New Zealand by 10 wickets in their opening game of the tournament on a seam-friendly wicket and now they contest Australia on another green track.
“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 a newspaper.
He complained the lack of sufficient number of nets and no swimming pools for the islanders in the hotels they have stayed in during the World Cup.
“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,” he noted.