Trent Bridge Pitch 'Poor' - ICC
ICC match referee David Boon has rated the pitch used at Trent Bridge for the first Test between England and India earlier this month as 'poor'.
With little bounce or movement on offer to the bowlers, the match ended up as a high-scoring draw with just two innings completed.
India scored 457 before England replied with 496. India then declared on 391 for nine in their second innings late on the final day.
Boon submitted his report to the International Cricket Council (ICC) expressing his concerns over the pitch, and this report has been forwarded to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The ECB will now respond and evidence will be examined by ICC's General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC's chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle.
If the pitch is finally rated as poor, a penalty will be applied, which would take the form of a warning and/or a fine of up to $US 15,000 with a directive for appropriate corrective action.
In response to the ICC's decision, the ECB and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club issued the following statement:
"ECB and Nottinghamshire are already working closely to address the uncharacteristic nature of the pitch for the Test match and ECB pitch inspector Chris Wood and Nottinghamshire groundsman Steve Birks are planning the corrective action required under the Clause 4.1 of the ICC's Pitch Monitoring Process.
"It has already been established that the drainage system at Trent Bridge played no part in the unexpected issues that arose around the preparation and performance of the Test Match wicket.
"Both ECB and Nottinghamshire will continue to work together to resolve the issue and provide the required response to ICC within the 14 day deadline."
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