BCCI: The Indore match’s pitch was deemed “poor” by ICC match referee Chris Broad, who assessed the venue three demerit points. The low rating for Chris Broad is being debated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The first two matches were played on pitches that were deemed to be “average” at Nagpur and Delhi.
The third Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) test match between India and Australia concluded during the first session of Day 3 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. The first two days of play saw a total of 30 wickets fall, and on day three’s morning session, the visitors lost one wicket while chasing down the goal of 76 runs in 19 overs.
“We will take stock of the situation and decide,” a BCCI official said.
The BCCI will evaluate the circumstances and take the decision’s legality into consideration, the Indian Express article states. During 14 days, the Board may appeal the rating. A venue will be prohibited from hosting an international match for one year if it obtains five demerit points or more in a five-year period.
Did Not Provide A Balance Between Bat And Ball – Chris Broad
Since the beginning of the game, according to the match referee, dust puffs have been coming off the field. When it hosted the India-Australia Test in 2017, Pune’s pitch was last classified as poor in India. Australia unexpectedly prevailed in both games played in Pune and Indore.
In the ICC press statement, match referee Broad said, “The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start. The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match.”
India will take on Australia in the fourth and final Test in the four-match series at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, starting on Thursday, March 9. The hosts need to win the match to secure their berth in the World Test Championship (WTC) for the second time.