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Boon terms first Test pitch ‘poor’

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The scrutiny of the pitch at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge just got worse after the first Test’s match referee David Boon termed the surface ‘poor’.

Through a press release, the International Cricket Council (ICC) declared that “in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, Mr. Boon submitted his report to the ICC expressing his concerns over the quality of the pitch. This report has been forwarded to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which now has 14 days to provide its response.”

Once the ECB responds, ICC general manager (cricket) Geoff Allardice and ICC chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle will “consider the evidence, including video footage of the match, before reaching their decision on whether or not the pitch was poor and if so, if a penalty should be imposed.”

It may be recalled that during the drawn Nottingham Test, India scored 457 and declared its second innings at 391 for nine while England posted 496 in its first innings.

In its response, the ECB, through a media statement, said: “ECB and Nottinghamshire are already working closely to address the uncharacteristic nature of the pitch for the Test match and ECB pitch inspector Chris Wood and Nottinghamshire groundsman Steve Birks are planning the corrective action required under the Clause 4.1 of the ICC’s Pitch Monitoring Process.”

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