T20 World Cup 2021: Paul Stirling raises questions on UAE’s Slow Pitches ahead of the Marquee Event

T20 World Cup 2021: Paul Stirling raises questions on UAE’s Slow Pitches ahead of the Marquee Event

The pitches at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium have come under the scanner in the last few days due to the low scores it has produced in the ongoing IPL 2021 which is in contrast to the demands of the T20 format of cricket. The T20 format of cricket requires power-pack action & with ICC T20 World Cup 2021 ahead, Ireland’s batsman Paul Stirling has expressed his concern over the nature of the pitches in the UAE.

While Paul Stirling is quite surprised to witness low-scoring contests at the venues, he had also highlighted the fact that his team needs to prepare well in order to tackle spinners on the low-scoring pitches in the T20 World Cup 2021.

 “It is a good question. We have been watching the IPL and seeing how the pitches are behaving. It was a surprise to see the wickets at Sharjah. It is such a small ground, usually, it is one of the flattest wickets in the world. Abu Dhabi tends to be slow but it does not change much,” Stirling told ANI in an interaction organized by International Cricket Council (ICC).

“Definitely, we got to work hard against spin and in nets we got to prepare well but also keep an eye on the fact that something that you have your eye on like while playing spin, don’t forget the seamers as well and the other factors that come into it, so there is a lot of skill needed for playing well against seamers as well,” he added.

Ireland is placed in Group A of the Round 1 stage in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 along with Sri Lanka, Netherlands, and Namibia. The two teams from Group A & Group B will directly qualify for the Super 12s Qualifier stages.

 Ireland will kickstart its campaign in the showpiece event against the Netherlands on October 18 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The next two games against Sri Lanka and Namibia will be played on October 20 and October 22.

“Probably not more than any other match (game against Sri Lanka). We need to prepare for it as we do for any other game. Sri Lanka has great talent, we have to be prepared for anything we come up against. We won’t take Sri Lanka, Netherlands, and Namibia for granted,” concluded Stirling.

A Glimpse of Paul Stirlings Career Highlights:

Irish star all-rounder Paul Stirling has been recognized as an impeccable cricketer across the Globe. Stirling has been known for providing attacking starts to Ireland in the 50-over and Twenty20 version of the game & is looking forward to strengthening his feet in the red-ball cricket. Featuring in 134 ODIs, 86 T20Is & 3 Tests Paul Stirling has amassed 4982 in ODIs, 2401 runs in T20Is & 104 runs in Tests. He has also stepped up with the ball by returning with figures of 19 wickets in T20Is & 43 wickets in ODIs. He also holds the scintillating record of producing 50+ scores in 23 innings in 97 ODIs, which makes hims one of the best opening batsman of the decade. Registering twelve ODI centuries & 1 T20I century, Stirling has been regarded as one of the finest batsmen ever produced by Ireland.

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