The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that it has rated the Nagpur pitch for the third Test between India and South Africa “poor”, and has asked the BCCI to reply within 14 days.
Incidentally, BCCI president Shashank Manohar, who is also ICC chairman, is a former president of the Vidarbha Cricket Association, whose headquarters are in Nagpur. Manohar is based in Nagpur, but now holds no position in the VCA.
The report has triggered a review of the performance of the pitch under the ICC’s Pitch Monitoring Process, the world body said in a statement.
In accordance with Clause 3 of the Process, ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe submitted his report to the ICC expressing the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the pitch.
This report has been forwarded to the BCCI, which now has 14 days to provide its response.
Once the BCCI submits 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, whether a penalty should be imposed.
The ICC said it would make no further comments until Allardice and Madugalle have reached their decision.
The Nagpur Test was played from 25-27 November in which India scored 215 and 173, while South Africa scored 79 and 185.
Indian team captain Virat Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri have defended the Nagpur pitch. Shastri even said that he wanted Delhi to prepare a similar pitch for the fourth and final Test, starting on Thursday.