Australian Great Slams BCCI’s Approach: Since the beginning of the Test series, the pitches used in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy have been the subject of heated arguments.
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy’s main talking point has been the quality of the pitches. The International Cricket Council assessed the third Test pitch as “bad,” while the series’ first three Tests were all completed in less than three days each. A fresh type of controversy developed as the focus shifted to the fourth Test match between India and Australia in Ahmedabad, with claims that India had prepared “two separate surfaces” appearing. Prior of the Day 1 of the 4th Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Australia great Mark Waugh fumed at the scenario, claiming such a conundrum “is not on”.
This is not on,” Waugh said on Fox Cricket, fuming over the dilemma. “I don’t know how you don’t know what pitch you’re playing on.
“In Australia, I think the groundsman and curators are told months in advance, so they set up the pitch for the camera, the sidescreen, the spectators. But in India, it’s different.
Waugh drew correlations between the pitch situation in India to county cricket where multiple pitches are prepared and one is chosen, depending upon the opposition.
“It’s a bit like county cricket. You used to turn up to county grounds and there would be three pitches prepared depending on who turned up for the opposition side, then they would decide.
“I don’t know what’s going on here but I think something needs to be done about this.”
Even former Australia wicket-keeper batter Brad Haddin was in agreement with Waugh.
He said: “If you go back to the last Test match, just before the Test, Rohit Sharma said, ‘I would like the next wicket to be a green wicket, get us ready for the Test championship.
“But Australia didn’t read that script, they won the Test match.
“I just think they prepared that wicket thinking Australia were going to lose that Test match, then all of a sudden panicked, and now they had to go back to a traditional Indian wicket,” he added.