Nagpur pitch receives official ICC warning
The International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed with match referee Jeff Crowe's “poor” rating of the Nagpur pitch and has given an official warning to the Jamtha Stadium which hosted the third Test between India and South Africa.
India secured a 124-run victory in the third Test in Nagpur which finished inside three days with 33 out of the 40 wickets falling to spin.
After the pitch at the Jamtha Stadium offered plenty of turn right from the first day, the match referee Crowe gave it a “poor” rating and submitted a report to the ICC.
The ICC gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) 14 days to respond to the report submitted by Crowe which also outlined the concerns of the match officials.
Confirming the news in a media release the ICC felt that the pitch in Nagpur did not facilitate an even contest between bat and ball.
“The ICC today announced that Jamtha Stadium, Nagpur, has been given an official warning under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process following the third Test between India and South Africa.
“The sanction took into consideration the fact that there had been no concerns about the performance of the pitch after any of the other international matches played at this venue.
“In reaching the verdict, the ICC agreed with the “poor” rating given to the pitch by Jeff Crowe, the match referee for the Nagpur Test played from 25-27 November, who observed that the pitch did not allow a fair contest between bat and the ball.”
The decision was reached after the ICC general manager of cricket, Geoff Allardice and the ICC chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle reviewed the match footage along with the report of the referee and the response from the BCCI.
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