The International Cricket Council (ICC) has changed the rating of the Indore pitch from “poor” to “below average following an appeal by the The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“Following an appeal by the Board of Control for Cricket in India pursuant to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, the rating of pitch used for the third Test of the ICC World Test Championship series between India and Australia at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore from 1-3 March has been changed from “poor” to “below average,” ICC said in a statement.
The pitch came under immense scrutiny after the match ended inside five sessions.
The ICC appeal panel consisting of Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Roger Harper, ICC Men’s Cricket Committee Member, reviewed footage from the match after BCCI had lodged an appeal on the rating.
“It was deemed that there was not enough excessive variable bounce to warrant the “poor” rating. Instead, the appeal panel concluded that the pitch should be rated as “below average.”
“Consequently, 1 demerit point has been awarded to the venue for the “below average” rating.”
ICC Match Referee Chris Broad had submitted a report to the ICC expressing the concerns of the match officials after consulting with both the captains Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith. After the assessment, the venue received three demerit points.
Broad said, “The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start. The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match.”