Pollard slams quality of Kensington Oval pitch

West Indies Kieron Pollard bats as his teammate Dwayne Bravo looks on during a practice session in Kingstown, St. Vincent.
Associated Press / Andres Leighton, file
West Indies Captain, Kieron Pollard has blasted the quality of the Kensington Oval pitch as “unacceptable for international cricket, following his side’s 3-1 defeat in the three-match series last month against Australia.”
Not for the first time in the series, West Indies’ Indies batting struggled on a surface where the ball held up and made stroke-play difficult and were dismissed for 152 in the 46 over, leading to a six-wicket defeat.
West Indies were dismissed for 123 a few days before in the opener for 123 in pursuit of 257, before recovering from a position of 72 for five in the second ODI to overhaul the Aussies 187.
He also blamed the poor batting of his side.
Kensington Oval, Barbados, was hosting its first international series in 19 months following Ireland’s One-Day tour of the Caribbean.
Like most of the Caribbean counterparts, Barbados has seen governments enforced lockdowns since March last year as part of stringent measures to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, with most sporting activities restricted.
West Indies Chief Selector, Roger Harper and Coach Phil Simmons also criticized the poor quality of the pitch.

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