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by John Pennington Monday 4 August 2014
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given Trent Bridge an official warning after completing its review of the 'poor' pitch the venue prepared for the first Test between England and India.
ICC match referee David Boon rated the pitch as poor immediately following the drawn Test, and in line with the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, the ICC have decided that the pitch prepared was of an unacceptable standard.
The sanctions available to the ICC for a poor pitch include a warning and/or a fine of up to $US 15,000 with a directive for appropriate corrective action.
However, given that Trent Bridge has an outstanding previous record, that the pitch was correctly monitored before the match, and that the pitch is set to be relaid in the close season, the ICC have applied the minimum penalty of an official warning.
"The sanction takes into account the Nottingham venue’s history of producing good quality international pitches, that the monitoring of the pitch preparation by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) before the Test was appropriate, and that there was a commitment by both the ECB and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club to relay the pitch ahead of the next international cricket season," a statement from the ICC confirmed."In reaching the verdict, the ICC observed that the pitch did not provide a fair contest between bat and ball throughout, and concluded that the pitch prepared for the match was of an unacceptable standard for Test cricket."The finding was made by the ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC’s chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, after David Boon, who was the match referee for the Trent Bridge Test, rated the pitch as “poor” at the conclusion of the Test and in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process."
The match itself ended in a high-scoring draw.
Responding to the judgment, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club chief executive Lisa Purshouse confirmed the pitch would be relaid ahead of the 2015 Ashes Test.
"We're pleased that our record of producing consistentl good pitches for international cricket has been reflected in this judgment," she said in a statement posted on Nottinghamshire's website (www.trentbridge.co.uk).
"The ECB have been in close contact with our Head Groundsman throughout this process and I would like to thank them for their ongoing support.
"We accept the ruling of the ICC and we now plan to re-lay our primary Test wicket ahead of our 2015 Investec Ashes Test."
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