Nagpur pitch gets warning from ICC over poor pitch

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Not convinced by BCCI’s defence, the International Cricket Council today issued an “official warning” to the Jamtha Stadium administration in Nagpur for preparing a pitch that was ruled poor by the match referee after the third Test between India and South Africa.

Incidentally, Jamtha, which saw ample turn form day one itself, is the home ground of ICC chairman and BCCI president Shashank Manohar.

“The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur has been given an official warning under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process following the third Test between India and South Africa,” the game’s apex body said in a statement,

“The sanction took into consideration the fact that there had been no concerns about the performance of the pitch after any of the other international matches played at this venue.”

In reaching the verdict, the ICC agreed with the poor rating given to the pitch by Jeff Crowe, the match referee for the Test that got over in under three days last month.