ICC reprimands BCCI over sub-standard Kanpur pitch

Published: Friday, May 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) an official warning for using an under-prepared pitch during the India and South Africa Test at Kanpur in April.

It has also recommended that the BCCI takes remedial action to ensure it does not happen again at that venue. To that end, the BCCI"s pitch consultant Daljit Singh will be asked to assist the process.

In response, the BCCI has accepted the warning and undertaken to carry out the necessary action to ensure the pitch at Kanpur is improved for future international matches.

"I thank the ICC for its input and decision in relation to this and I can assure everyone that we will take all steps necessary to ensure this does not happen in the future," secretary, BCCI, Niranjan Shah, siad.

Match Referee Roshan Mahanama submitted a report to the ICC expressing his concern over the quality of the playing surface after the under-prepared wicket at Green Park saw 32 wickets fall in three days" play.

In his report, Mahanama noted several disappointing aspects of the pitch"s performances including dryness, uneven bounce and signs of breaking up, even before lunch on the first day. He also noted that the inconsistency of bounce became steadily worse as the game progressed.

In accordance with clause 3.4 of the regulation the BCCI provided the detailed reply after ICC sought an explanation from the Indian Board over Referee's observation over poor wicket.

Detailing the decision, ICC General Manager, Dave Richardson said: "We have come to a decision that the pitch prepared for the match should be rated as 'poor'.

"We have taken into consideration the explanations offered by the BCCI as to the reasons for the dryness of the pitch and we have noted that there is no previous record of a sub-standard pitch being prepared in Kanpur."

"However, taking all the evidence into account and, in accordance with clause 4.2 of the regulation, we have decided to impose an official warning as the sanction."

The ICC had the power to impose a sanction ranging from a warning or a fine to a suspension of international status for the venue in question in the case of repeated offences.


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