IND vs AUS: The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has pointed its fingers at the BCCI over the Indore pitch where the 3rd test match of the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy was held.
Questions are being asked over the quality of the Indore pitch as 31 wickets fell in just 7 sessions out of those 26 were taken by the spinners. Every cricket expert has been criticizing BCCI and Team India over the Indore pitch. Even the ICC rated the pitch as ‘poor’.
After the 3rd test match concluded, Chris Broad, the ICC Match Referee, submitted his rating of the 3rd Test pitch, stating that it was excessively dry and did not offer a fair balance between bat and ball.
The pitch highly favored spinners from the beginning, and the fifth ball of the game broke through the surface, causing occasional surface-breaking throughout the match, which resulted in minimal or no seam movement. Additionally, there was uneven and excessive bounce throughout the game.
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“Two BCCI curators who arrived eight to ten days before the match,” says MPCA President over Indore Pitch
Although, it looked as if the pitch helped the visitors instead of the hosts but it is not fair for the game, especially the test format as it is played for consecutive five days and 15 sessions overall, and if it ends in just 7 sessions then serious discussions should be done between the authorities.
“The pitch was made under the supervision of two BCCI curators who arrived eight to ten days before the match, and the MPCA had no involvement in its preparation,” Speaking to The Times Of India, MPCA President Abhilash Khandekar clarified that they weren’t responsible for the “poor” verdict from ICC.
“I want to make it clear that just like any other state board association in international matches, MPCA has no role in making the pitch. BCCI curators come and they get the direction from BCCI along with the Indian team management.” he said.
“We have witnessed matches finishing within three days in Nagpur and Delhi as well, regarding this matter. Although the pitch has received some criticism, if you refer to the post-match conference, you will find that both captains have expressed their support for the pitch. Hence, we do not have any additional comments to make.” He further said as he was, however, unfazed over criticism of the match finishing in three days.