Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ind vs Aus: Match referee Chris Broad rates Pune Test pitch "poor"

Chris Broad

New Delhi: Match referee Chris Broad has rated the Pune track as poor after the first Test between India and Australia ended inside three days on a sharply turning wicket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said yesterday.

“Broad, in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, submitted his report to the ICC in which he expressed concern over the quality of the pitch,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.

Broad’s report has been forwarded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has 14 days to respond. Its response will be studied by Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s General Manager — Cricket, and Ranjan Madugalle, a member of the elite panel of match referees, before a final ruling on whether the pitch was sub-standard.

The matter will be decided in accordance with Clause 4 of the process. Pune could escape with a warning as it was hosting a Test for the first time, or a fine of not more than $15,000 along with a directive to take corrective action. Cricinfo reported that Indian pitches have been under the ICC scanner for a while.

In December 2015, the Nagpur pitch was rated poor by the ICC match referee Jeff Crowe after India had defeated South Africa inside three days. Earlier this month, the ICC chief executives committee, backed by the ICC board, decided to punish severely venues that presented sub-standard pitches.

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