The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the 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 played in November.
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 Nagpur Test played from 25-27 November, who observed that the pitch did not allow a fair contest between bat and the ball.
The finding was made by ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and ICC chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, after watching footage of the match, reviewing the post-match reports from Mr Crowe, and considering the response provided by the BCCI.
India won the four-match series three-nil, with several former players commenting on the state of the pitches produced for the first and third games.