Cricket - Smith sorry for Old Trafford remarks

Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith has apologised for his critical remarks about the Old Trafford pitch during his club's LV= County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

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The Old Trafford pitch was deemed to be satisfactory by pitch inspector Jack Birkenshaw

The England and Wales Cricket Board has also "formally reprimanded" Northamptonshire and "reminded them of their responsibilities" under board regulations after Smith spoke out in a match his club lost inside two days last month.

"Was this a good wicket? Was it a fair contest between bat and ball? No," Smith said at the time. "This should have been a showcase Division Two game between the top two teams, and it was not allowed to be."

The Manchester surface was judged satisfactory by pitch inspector Jack Birkenshaw, and the ECB subsequently considered Northamptonshire's stance via its cricket discipline commission.

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