The International Cricket Council (ICC) has endorsed the Indian board's (BCCI) decision to play no international cricket at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground until December 2010, and has confirmed that it will be inspecting the ground and overseeing remedial work after the abandonment of the fifth ODI between India and Sri Lanka at the venue on 27th December.
The match was abandoned after 23.3 overs due to the unfit nature of the pitch and both the ICC and the BCCI submitted reports on the circumstances surrounding the abandonment.
The ICC pitch consultant will now inspect the ground and oversee the remedial action required to get the pitch back up to international standard ahead of its anticipated use in the 2011 World Cup.
“We understand that turf pitches, by their very nature, are not and cannot be expected to always behave predictably and that an occasional delivery of unexpected steep bounce, while not ideal especially for limited-overs cricket, is part of the game," ICC general manager David Richardson said in a statement.
“In this instance, however, we are of the view that the frequency of the misbehaving deliveries (on average just more than one every three overs) – and the excessive degree of variation – had the potential to inflict serious injury to the batsmen and that therefore the pitch that was prepared for the above match was ‘dangerous’ and should therefore be classified as ‘unfit’.
“We acknowledge and endorse the decision by the BCCI not to schedule any international cricket at the ground prior to the end of 2010, which is consistent with our own finding and within the parameters of the relevant regulations that apply.
“While the pitch was unfit for international cricket, it is also worth bearing in mind that it is the first time the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch has been rated as unfit, that the ground has a long history of successfully hosting international cricket and that it is scheduled to host matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011."
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