England skipper Jos Buttler has expressed his concerns about the outfield conditions in Dharamsala, where they are scheduled to face Bangladesh in the World Cup 2023. This comes after the International Cricket Council (ICC) rated the Dharamsala outfield as ‘average’ following the match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh on October 7.
Buttler didn’t mince words, stating, “Yeah, a few I think, it’s poor in my own opinion. I think any time you’re sort of talking about being careful diving or sort of being careful when you’re fielding, it sort of goes against everything you want to be as a team.”
He emphasized that players should be willing to give their all without hesitation, saying, “You know you want to dive through our houses to save a run. So that’s obviously not ideal, the way the surface is, the outfield. But we won’t use it as an excuse, we’ll adapt to it.”
Despite concerns about the outfield, the match between England and Bangladesh is set to proceed as scheduled on October 10.
Jonathan Trott, the head coach of the Afghanistan men’s team, had previously mentioned that players were hesitant to dive due to concerns about injuries on this outfield.
England is looking to bounce back after their nine-wicket loss to New Zealand, the 2019 runners-up, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Hyderabad.