Kotla pitch was 'poor', but not 'unfit' : BCCI

Published: Monday, January 4, 2010, 11:22 [IST]
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Kotla pitch was 'poor', but not 'unfit'

New Delhi: Indian cricket board is not at all ready to admit their mistake in the Kotla fiasco. The top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India have now prepared a draft to be sent to the ICC, which stoutly defends the pitch in question.

In a desperate attempt to make sure that New Delhi does not lose out any World Cup 2011 matches, BCCI argues that though the pitch was 'poor", but it cannot be termed as 'unfit".

Kotla fiasco: A national shame

Earlier, match referee Alan Hursts in his report to ICC had reportedly said that Kotla pitch was unfit.

The fifth and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Kotla was abandoned after Sri Lankan players had refused to play in "dangerous" conditions.

The BCCI argues that t the match continued till the 24th over before the officials deemed the track dangerous for playing. The draft reply also says that of the 130-odd balls bowled, only a few behaved dangerously.

The venue faces strict sanctions, ranging from warning to a fine to a ban of 12-24 months from the ICC.

ICC chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle and general manager (cricket) Dave Richardson will decide on the sanctions after they receive the reply from the BCCI. If the BCCI is successful in convincing the duo that the track was poor then they may escape with a fine of just $15,000.


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