Many Indian experts had commented on the pitch that was used for the first test at Pune, which saw the test match crumble within 3 days time. However, now the match referee calls the pitch “poor”. ICC match referee Chris Broad called the pitch poor. The pitch was one of the main reasons behind the crumbling of the Indian team, which could not score more than 107 runs in the two innings in the match.
Many of the experts and the players have been for long crying foul against the pitch that was used as a playing track in the first match. Finally, on Tuesday, the match referee has stated that the pitch was poor. The ICC representative has also sent a report to the BCCI, who will have to respond to it within 14 days.
India vs Australia First Test
Team India has been one of the most consistent teams in the recent days. They held a defeat-less record of a straight 19 matches, where they have been the hosts, before they were shattered in one of the most eventful matches in Pune. The Australian spinner, Steve O’Keefe was substantial in the win, as he had claimed a whooping 12 wickets in the entire match.
In the statement issued by the ICC, it also says that the match referee in accordance with the clause 3 of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process has extended his concerns over the quality of the pitch. The BCCI would now have to get back to the international committee within the stipulated amount of time and will have to reply to the report.
The response that BCCI will come up with in the given time, will be put under the scanner by one of the elite panel of ICC match referees, Ranjan Madugalle and Geoff Allardice, the ICC General Manager (Cricket).
The next match of the four match test series is due to start on 4th of March at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.