ICC rate Nagpur pitch as ‘poor’, demand review

The ICC have announced that the pitch for the third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur has been rated as 'poor', triggering a review of the performance of the pitch under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process.

The match was over inside three days, with a top individual batting score of 40 and spinner Ravi Ashwin taking 12 wickets. The ball spun appreciably from lunch on day one, and the bounce was variable.

In accordance with Clause 3 of the Process, ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe submitted his report to the ICC expressing the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the pitch.

This report has been forwarded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which now has 14 days to provide its response.

After the BCCI has submitted its response, ICC’s General Manager, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC’s Chief Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle, will consider all the evidence, including studying video footage of the match, before reaching their decision on whether or not the pitch was poor and if so, whether a penalty should be imposed.

The Nagpur Test was played from 25-27 November in which India scored 215 and 173, while South Africa scored 79 and 185.

India have won the series, and there is one final match, in Delhi, to be played. The Test series defeat is South Africa's first away from home since 2006.

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