'Not The Pitch That You Want To Have A Match': Jonathan Trott Slams Tarouba's Surface For SA vs AFG T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final

'Not The Pitch That You Want To Have A Match': Jonathan Trott Slams Tarouba's Surface For SA vs AFG T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final

Afghanistan were bundled out for 56 by South Africa and eventually lost by 9 wickets in Tarouba.

PTIUpdated: Thursday, June 27, 2024, 01:16 PM IST
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Jonathan Trott and Rashid Khan. | (Credits: Twitter)

Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott has lambasted the pitch that was used for their T20 World Cup semifinal against South Africa here, asserting that it was unfit for a contest of such magnitude.

The pitch, which offered lateral seam movement and inconsistent bounce, was a nightmare for batters as Afghanistan were bowled out for 56 - the lowest score in a T20 World Cup semifinal at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy stadium here.

Even though South Africa chased down the target in 8.5 overs, their batters too struggled.

"I don't want to get myself into trouble and I don't want to come across as bitter or it being a case of sour grapes but that's not the pitch that you want to have a match, a semi-final of a World Cup on, plain and simple," Trott said at the post-match press conference.

The former England batter said the pitch took batting completely out of the game.

"It should be a fair contest. I'm not saying it should be flat completely with no spin and no seam movement, I'm saying you shouldn't have batsmen worrying about going forward," he explained.

"They should be confident in foot movement and be able to hit through the line or use their skills. T20 is about attacking and about scoring runs and taking wickets, not looking to survive."

Jonathan Trott baffled by balls rolling and misbehaving regularly:

Throughout the tournament, the venue offered swing and seam to pacers and turn to the spinners.

Tarouba hosted five World Cup games and only once did a team batting first cross the 100-run mark. It was done by the West Indies with a 149/6 against New Zealand which was successfully defended by the co-hosts.

"If the opposition bowled well and got to a position where they bowled very, very well and it's through skill, then that's fine and then it's about adapting to that," he said.

"But once the ball starts misbehaving and rolling, if we had bowled as straight as South Africa had, I think you would have seen a very interesting second half as well," he added.

Afghanistan had an emotionally charged and hectic 40 hours before their first-ever semifinal appearance at a World Cup.

They clinched a thrilling rain-hit eight-run win over Bangladesh in a must-win game that went in to the wee hours of Tuesday in Kingstown. There flight to Tarouba was then delayed by four hours. Even at the toss, skipper Rashid Khan mentioned that his hadn't slept much.

"We only got back to hotel at three o'clock and then we had to leave at eight o'clock -- five hours later so we didn't get much sleep so the guys obviously were very tired and a lot to process really emotionally physically. So all new territory for the guys," Trott said.

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