On Tuesday, the world body of cricket – International Cricket Council (ICC) termed the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium pitch as “poor”, which hosted the first Test between India and Australia last week. England’s Chris Broad was designated ICC Match Referee for the match.
India’s horrific defeat in the first Test against Australia by a mammoth margin of 333 runs has raised several eyebrows in the cricketing world. The match ended in less than three days with 40 wickets falling in just a little over 8 sessions. The first Test between India and Australia was played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune which also hosted its maiden Test match between two international sides.
The Pune strip showed signs of deterioration right from the first session on Day one when spinners started getting a purchase from the track.
Pune pitch looks a bit interesting up close. pic.twitter.com/IFZ78QeFbI
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) February 22, 2017
According to the rules, if a pitch has been termed as poor for the first time, a penalty ranging from an official warning and/or a fine of $15,000 will be imposed on the board with a directive to institute corrective measures. ICC has forwarded the report to BCCI, who now has two-week notice period to file a response back.
BCCI's response will be reviewed by ICC's General Manager Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and Ranjan Madugalle from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
ICC has six categories for rating Test match pitches: very good, good, above average, below average, poor and unfit. Earlier, the Nagpur wicket used for the Test match between India and South Africa in 2015 was also rated “poor” by ICC.