ICC launches probe into 'poor' Nagpur pitch
India recently defeated the Proteas by 124 runs at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
CAPE TOWN - The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the pitch for the third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur has been rated as "poor", triggering a review under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, following a number of complaints.
India beat South Africa by 124 runs within three days at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, with no batsmen from either side scoring over 50. India's opener Murali Vijay recorded the highest score of 40.
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 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which now has 14 days to provide its response.
After the BCCI has submitted its response, the 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.
India scored 215 and 173, while South Africa scored 79 and 185 during the Test. The pitch favoured the spinners with Indian off-spinner Ravichandaran Ashwin recording match figures of 12-98.
The ICC will make no further comments until Allardice and Madugalle have reached their decision.