The pitch rating for Indore’s Holkar Stadium, the venue for the third Test between India and Australia, has been changed after BCCI’s appeal.
The pitch for the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar series was initially rated as ‘poor’ and received three demerit points. However, after an appeal from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the rating has been changed from ‘poor’ to ‘below average’.
The footage from the Test was reviewed by an ICC appeal panel consisting of Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Roger Harper, ICC Men’s Cricket Committee Member.
Both were of the opinion that, while the guidelines had been followed by the Match Referee in accordance with Appendix A of the Pitch Monitoring Process, there was not enough excessive variable bounce to warrant the ‘poor’ rating.
The panel, therefore, concluded that the pitch should be rated ‘below average’, meaning the Holkar Stadium will receive only one demerit point instead of the original three.
The pitch used in the third Test in Indore offered a lot to the spinners, with a total of 14 wickets falling on the opening day. Out of the 31 wickets in the whole match, 26 were picked up by spinners.
The Test lasted two days and a session, at the end of which Australia emerged victorious to book their berth in the ICC World Test Championship Final.
India had to wait a few more days to book their own place in the Final, which was confirmed when New Zealand edged Sri Lanka in the first Test in Christchurch.