New Delhi: The ICC has given an average rating to the pitch of the Day-Night Test match played between India and England (IND vs ENG) in Ahmedabad (Ahmedabad). This saved the pitch from being banned because the third test on this controversial surface was over in just 2 days.
The ICC has updated the ratings of all the recent matches on its ‘Rules and Guidelines’ page and gave Motera’s pitch an ‘average’ for the third Test and a ‘good’ rating for the last Test. It was given a ‘very good’ rating for the first T20 International match.
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India won the Pink Ball Test against England by 10 wickets in which both teams failed to score more than 150 runs on the turning pitch. India had scored 145 and 49 without losing wickets, while England were able to score 112 and 81 runs in both innings in front of Axar Patel’s bowling.
If the newly constructed pitch of Narendra Modi Stadium was declared as a ‘substandard’ pitch, it could be banned. Interestingly, the pitch of the third Test played on Melbourne between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) has also received an ‘average’ rating.
There was a lot of controversy on the pitch in the 4-match Test series between India and England, in which Virat Kohli’s team won the series 3–1 and qualified for the World Test Championship final. The second Test played in Chennai has also received an average rating in which India won and equalized the series.
However, the pitch of the first Test has been given a ‘very good’ rating in which England had won. The ICC gets ratings on the pitch and outfield performance for every Test, ODI and T20 international match. The pitch and outfield are awarded points by the ICC Match Referee after the match.
The ICC said, “The ratings provide feedback to the host member board to help them prepare the pitch and outfield for future international matches at that respective venue.” A poor pitch can also be banned by the ICC.