ICC match referee rates first Test pitch as 'poor'

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Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 16:17 [IST]
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First Test pitch rated as 'poor'

London, July 19: ICC match referee David Boon has rated the pitch at Trent Bridge as "poor". The 22-yard strip was used for the opening Test of the India-England series. The match lasted five days and ended in a draw. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has 14 days to respond to this report.


Right from the first day of that Test, many had slammed the wicket as "lifeless". Even the head groundsman Steve Birks was disappointed with himself for producing such a pitch.

The Trent Bridge Test, played from 9 to 13 July saw India scoring 457 and 391/9 declared while England totaled 496 in their only innings. The match saw number 11 batsmen on both sides scoring half centuries, a first in Test history. There were other batting records too in that match including a world record 198-run partnership for the 10th wicket by James Anderson and Joe Root.

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who was the match referee for the first Test between England and India in Nottingham, has rated the pitch used at Trent Bridge as "poor"," ICC said in a media statement on Saturday.

"In accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, Mr Boon submitted his report to the ICC expressing his concerns over the quality of the pitch. This report has been forwarded to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which now has 14 days to provide its response," it added.

After the ECB has submitted its response, ICC's General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC's chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, will consider all the evidence, including studying video footage of the match, before reaching their decision on whether or not the pitch was poor and if so, if a penalty should be imposed in accordance with Clause 4 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, ICC said.


Story first published:  Saturday, July 19, 2014, 16:15 [IST]
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