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IPL will wear out UAE pitches ahead of T20 World Cup, fears South Africa coach Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher said batting will be tough on these pitches as spinners will hold the key.

Mark Boucher is the head coach of South Africa. (File)

The remainder of the Indian Premier League being held in the United Arab Emirates will hugely affect the pitches, which might get worn out and help the spinners “massively” during ICC T20 World Cup, feels South Africa head coach Mark Boucher.

The 2021 IPL, which was suspended following COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, will be completed in UAE, which will also host the T20 World Cup after the ICC decided to shift the showpiece event from India due to the unprecedented health crisis.

The second leg of the IPL is scheduled to be held from September 19 to October 15, while the T20 World Cup will begin on October 17.

“The wickets after the IPL are going to be a bit dry. It’s not the same as we are used to back in South Africa where you can go out and bash your way to 180 to 200 runs. You’ve got to be skillful here; you’ve got to be smart,” Boucher was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.

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“If anything, it’s going to go even further into subcontinent conditions, on the extreme side. They are playing the IPL there, there are not a lot of grounds and those wickets are going to be worn, so scores will probably go even further down.”

Boucher said batting will be tough on these pitches as spinners will hold the key.

“It’s going to be tough to bat on especially at the back end as we saw here,” said the South African.

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“We will have an idea of what scores are going to be by watching the IPL and then taking a look and assess how the wickets are playing during the beginning part of the World Cup.

“I suspect spinners will play a massive role.”

Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi had claimed seven wickets as South Africa won a five-match T20I series against the West Indies 3-2 at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada.

First published on: 05-07-2021 at 11:34:34 am
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