Melbourne Cricket Ground receives official warning from ICC for 'poor' pitch

Postado Janeiro 12, 2018

The annual Boxing Day Test was the only match of this summer's five-Test series that failed to produce a result, with more than 1,000 runs and 24 wickets falling over the five days.

Melbourne Cricket Ground staff have received a warning from the ICC over the pitch prepared for the fourth Ashes Test, after it was rated as poor. "The comprehensive amenities, along with the quality and functionality of the facility, surpasses the required standard to host any worldwide cricket match", Richardson said in a statement.

"ICC noted the comprehensive response provided by Cricket Australia, which did not contest the rating given to the pitch by the ICC Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle, but highlighted that the ground is a frequently used venue that has no history of preparing poor pitches for worldwide cricket, and indicated that there was a commitment by both the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and Cricket Australia to improve the pitches presented for global cricket at the MCG in the future", ICC said in a release.

In a statement on their official website, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said: "In arriving at the sanction, the ICC noted the comprehensive response provided by Cricket Australia, which did not contest the rating given to the pitch by the ICC Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle, but highlighted that the ground is a frequently used venue that has no history of preparing poor pitches for international cricket, and indicated that there was a commitment by both the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and Cricket Australia to improve the pitches presented for international cricket at the MCG in the future".

After the fourth Test of the Ashes 2017-18 ended in a draw at Melbourne Cricket Ground, the talks over the pitch had begun then itself.

Under the new process, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points, which will be active for a five-year period. "We very much look forward to bringing this big Australia-England One-Day match to Perth to the Stadium on January 28", he added.