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India-West Indies 1st Test pitch rated ‘below average’ – Times of India


MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council has given a ‘below average’ rating to the pitch for the first Test between India and West Indies, which was played from July 12-14 at the Windsor Park in Roseau in the Caribbean. Former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe was the match referee for that game.
On a treacherous turning track, India bowled out West Indies for 150, with the visitors’ spinners R Ashwin (5-60) & Ravindra Jadeja (3-26) taking nine wickets between them. India, in reply, made 421 for 5 declared, before bowling out the beleaguered hosts for merely 130 in 50.3 overs in the second innings, as Ashwin, who finished with 12 for 131 in the match, ran riot with seven for 71. The match finished inside three days.
The venue will receive one demerit point. Cricket West Indies, who will have the option of appealing against Crowe’s verdict, and the local venue authorities, will be required to give an explanation to the ICC about why the pitch was below standard. The pitch for the second Test, played in Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, too has only got an ‘average’ rating.
Members invited for India-Pakistan tie
Meanwhile, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has sent out invitations to the presidents and secretaries of all the state associations in India to watch the highly-anticipated India versus Pakistan match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 14.
In a letter, accessed by TOI, Shah has written, “The anticipation is heightened by the knowledge that the Narendra Modi Stadium is slated to stage the marquee match between India and Pakistan on October 14, a Saturday. This match, with its historical significance and fervent following, is an embodiment of the spirit of cricket and camaraderie that unites nations and fans across the borders. In the light of this, it is my distinct pleasure to extend a heartfelt invitation to each of you to be a part of this momentous occasion.”

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