In what is seen as a major embarrassment for the BCCI, the ICC has come out strongly against the pitch where the third Test match between India and South Africa was played . It has in its scathing remark said the pitch in the venue as “poor”, triggering a review of the performance of the pitch under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process.
In accordance with Clause 3 of the Process, ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe submitted his report to the ICC expressing the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the pitch. This report has been forwarded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which now has 14 days to provide its response.
The pitch at the Vidarbha cricket ground at Jamtha, which is BCCI president Shashank Manohar’s home association, saw ample turn from the very first day resulting in the game being over within three days. Manohar, interestingly, is currently also the ICC chairman.
After the BCCI submits its response, ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC’s Chief Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle, will consider all the evidence, including studying video footage of the match, before reaching their decision on whether or not the pitch was poor and if so, whether a penalty should be imposed. The ICC will make no further comments until Allardice and Madugalle have reached their decision.
The Nagpur Test was played from 25-27 November in which India scored 215 and 173, while South Africa scored 79 and 185. The pitch received flak from many former cricketers, including Australia’s Matthew Hayden, England’s Michael Vaughan, and a host of others.