Pitches getting poor rating, curators getting criticized. These has become quite a obvious scenario in the cricket world. During Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Tamim Iqbal criticized the Dhaka wicket and also the curators after a low scoring match between Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders.
Later he was fined by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for criticizing heavily and breaking the code of conduct. Its about a few months only when the International Cricket Council (ICC) rated Dhaka wicket poor after the Bangladesh-Australia Test series.
Now on Tuesday, ICC has rated the Melbourne wicket poor too after the draw between England and Australia in the fourth Test match. Cricket Australia has received the complain and has only two days to respond.
After facing severe criticism of wickets, the wickets still seemed to not improve as ICC used to not take any serious action. But the time is over and ICC is set to release a new rule and it will be applied from 4th January.
The governing body is set to introduce new process. Under the new process, if a venue does not satisfy the requirements, it will be allocated demerit points. The demerit points will stay active for a period of five years.
During a press conference one of the member of ICC said: “One demerit point will be awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as below average, while three and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.”
He added: “When a venue accumulates five demerit points, it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months, while a venue will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 24 months when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points.”