ICC referee refers Pune Pitch ‘Poor’
The pitch on which the first Test match between India and Australia took place in Pune has been rated as ‘Poor’ by International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad. The match ended at post tea session of day three where visiting Australia submerged India by a 333 run defeat.
The score made by India in two innings was the lowest in their history at home soil losing all 20 wickets; with signs of significant crumbles in the wicket, spinners, incurably claimed 31 out of total 40 wickets of both sides. The report by match referee has already been submitted to ICC and BCCI who have 14 days at hand to respond.
The penalty for the case would either be a warning or a pecuniary fine of 15000 USD with a directive to institute corrective measures in that term. Henceforth, BCCI’s response will be evaluated by ICC’s General Manager of Cricket Geoff Allardice and member of Elite panel of ICC match referees Ranjan Madugalle.
The ICC has six categories to rate a Test match pitch; these are very good, good, above average, below average, poor and unfit. It is, however, known that prior to the Test match, curators in charge of preparing wickets asked to make the surface to aid spinners. Denying any sort of manipulation, Indian captain Virat Kohli, after the Test match said it was ‘no different’ from wickets in which India played in past.
Back in December 2015, the pitch of the third Test between India and South Africa was also rated ‘poor.’