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ICC Gives Trent Bridge Official Warning For Poor Pitch

Action from the first Test at Trent Bridge
Trent Bridge has received an official warning for producing a poor pitch
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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."

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs