Pune pitch ‘poor’, says ICC match referee

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NEW DELHI FEB 28,
ICC match referee Chris Broad has rated the Pune wicket — used for the first Test between India and Australia — as “poor.” The game ended inside three days in favour of the visitors.
A report has been forwarded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which now has 14 days to respond, said the ICC in a statement.
It was an unexpected result for the series-opener, with Australia hammering India by 333 runs and ending the formidable hosts’ 19-match unbeaten run.
“Broad, in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, submitted his report to the ICC in which he expressed concern over the quality of the pitch,” said the statement.
The BCCI’s response will be reviewed by ICC’s General Manager (Cricket), Geoff Allardice, and Ranjan Madugalle from the elite panel of ICC match referees.

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