What is a Poor Pitch Under ICC Laws?

 

 

There has been a lot of talks regarding Ahmedabad’s pitch being “Poor” and not good for the game of cricket. there have been calls to dock India points in the World Test
Championship (WTC) table for producing a below-par surface even as Virat Kohli’s boys are fighting to qualify for the WTC final. A poor pitch is one that does not even allow an even contest between bat and ball, either by favouring batters too much, and not giving the bowlers (seam and spin) from either side sufficient opportunity to take wickets, or by favouring the bowlers too much (seam or spin), and not giving the batters from either team the opportunity to make runs,” states the rules leading to the docking of points.

 

The pitch started turning right from the outset, and the willow wielders found it almost impossible to even put bat to ball. In fact, even a part-time spinner like Joe Root took a 5-wicket haul in the first innings of the third Test. “If I’m getting five wickets on there then you can tell it is giving a fair amount of spin, that sums the pitch up slightly. There always has to be an element of home advantage, because that is part of the beauty of Test cricket. You go around the world playing in all these wonderful places and you have to learn to develop your game, to find different ways. It’s just how extreme you’re willing to let the wickets be,” said Root in the post-match press conference. The ICC rulebook states that ” “A poor pitch is one that does not even allow an even contest between bat and ball, either by favoring batters too much, and not giving the bowlers (seam and spin) from either side sufficient opportunity to take wickets, or by favoring the bowlers too much (seam or spin), and not giving the batters from either team the opportunity to make runs. The pitch offers excessive assistance to spin bowlers, especially early in the match,” England even struggled to bat in the second Test in Chennai. The MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch was blamed by a few former English players for helping spin bowlers from the first session of the first Test.

 

There has been a lot discuss in regards to the pitch on the Narendra Modi cricket stadium that if a correct debate in regards to the pitch is performed, it’d last more than all the period of the Test match. The criticism of the Motera pitch has been scathing, with the likes of Michael Vaughan and David Lloyd tearing aside the pitch used for the Pink Ball Test between India and England. It would be attention-grabbing to see if the ICC provides a ‘poor’ score to the Ahmedabad pitch. And, so far as the match result’s involved, the Indian aspect decimated England by 10 wickets inside two days to take a 2-1 lead within the sequence.

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