ICC Changes The Rating For the Indore Pitch To ‘Below Average’
By CricShots - Mar 27, 2023 1:00 pm
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to change the rating for the third Test between India and Australia, which was held in Indore’s Holkar Stadium. The apex body had given a ‘poor’ rating to the pitch after the match ended well within 7 sessions, in a 9-wicket win for the tourists. The ICC has now changed its verdict on the pitch, calling it ‘below average’.

Indore pitch has been criticized a lot

In a statement, the ICC said: “The pitch for the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar series was initially rated as ‘poor’ and received three demerit points. However, after an appeal from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the rating has been changed from ‘poor’ to ‘below average’.”

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The ICC appeal panel consisting of Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Roger Harper, ICC Men’s Cricket Committee Member, has decided to review the footage from the match after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had lodged an appeal on the rating. The Indian team was also penalized with 3 demerit points following the ‘poor’ rating. With the revised rating, the demerit points have also been reduced to 1.

Giving an explanation for the change in rating, the ICC said in its statement: “Both were of the opinion that, while the guidelines had been followed by the Match Referee in accordance with Appendix A of the Pitch Monitoring Process, there was not enough excessive variable bounce to warrant the ‘poor’ rating.”

It further added, “The panel, therefore, concluded that the pitch should be rated ‘below average’, meaning the Holkar Stadium will receive only one demerit point instead of the original three.”

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Pitches have been in the spotlight for almost the entire Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The first two Test venues of the series were given ‘average’ rating by the BCCI. While the first three matches of the series hugely favored spinners, the fourth Test saw a completely ‘flat’ track being laid in Ahmedabad. The match ended in a dull draw, with the batters of both teams piling up mountains of runs.