The Pitch at Vidharba Cricket Association stadium in Jamtha that hosted the Third Test between India and South Africa is being referred as “poor” by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The Third Test of the series was held from November 25 to 27, 2015. In the International Test Match, that invoked fresh contention over the pitch, India won by 124 runs scoring 215 and 173 runs. While the South African team could only score 79 and 189. The match that was poised to be 5 days go over in only three days.
The latest test matches between India and South Africa invoked the concerns as ICC General Manager, Cricket, Geoff Alardice and ICC chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle watched the footage of the match as well as reviewed the post-match reports from the match referee. The decision of the International Association upholds the assessment of the pitch by match referee Jeff Crowe. As observed by match Mr. Crowne, the pitch hardly allowed a fair contest between the bat and the ball.
A statement by ICC indicated that, "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." The pitch at Jamtha Stadium evidently turned the matches in favor of bowlers. The scores of matches played between South Africa and India had a clear indication of the same.
The point that is to be noted here is that the pitch is at the hometown of BCCI president and ICC chairman Mr. Shashank Manohar. If the pitch quality is termed again as “poor” by any match referee, the stadium authority may be fined up to USD 30,000. Complying with the ICC pitch monitoring process, the poor rating would result into a formal warning. The warning this time, however, may be with a fine not exceeding USD 15,000, levied on the cricket association of the stadium authority. The Council also issues corrective actions to do away with the flaws.
The stance of BCCI is clear on the issue as an insider has clarified that the organization will fully cooperate with ICC to adopt the corrective measures. The assessment is however termed as “harsh” on the part of ICC by the spokesman. The pitch did endured negative reviews from many cricketers. Mathew Hayden, Michael Vaughan and many others expressed their concerns on the pitch quality before. On contrast, according to home skipper Virat Kohli as well as Ravi Shastri, the team director, nothing is wrong with the pitch.
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