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“Pitch Was Prepared Under…”: Madhya Pradesh Board President Breaks Silence After ICC’s “Poor” Rating Of Indore Wicket




"The pitch was prepared under ...": Madhya Pradesh Board President breaks silence after ICC "Poor" Indore wicket rating

Holkar Stadium, Indore gets “poor” rating from ICC© Twitter

The third Test between India and Australia turned out to be a nightmare for the hosts as they suffered a nine-wicket defeat on the third day of the match. After the match, many fingers were pointed at the Holkar Stadium pitch in Indore as it provided a lot of turn and the spinners dominated the batsmen throughout the game. A total of 31 wickets fell in seven sessions in the Third Test, of which 26 were taken by the spinners. Recently, the ICC also declared the pitch as “poor” and awarded him three demerit points. However, in a turn of events, the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) came up with a new argument and pointed fingers at the BCCI over the pitch irregularities.

MPCA president Abhilash Khandekar told the Times of India that two BCCI curators had arrived in Indore more than a week before the match and prepared the pitch as per the instructions of the board and the Indian team management.

Two BCCI curators came eight to ten days before the match. The pitch was prepared under his supervision. The MPCA had no role in making the pitch. I want to make it clear that MPCA has no role in making pitches in international matches like any other state board association. The BCCI curators come and they get instructions from the BCCI along with the Indian team management,” Khandekar told the Times of India.

He said, as far as finishing the match in three days is concerned, we have seen such matches in Nagpur and Delhi as well. There has been criticism of the pitch but if you see the post-match conference, both the captains have supported the pitch so we have nothing to add.

After losing the first two Tests, Australia staged a spectacular comeback in the third Test at Indore, defeating India to reduce the deficit to 1–2.

It has also been reported that due to the ‘poor’ rating of the Indore pitch, the ‘rank-turner’ is unlikely to be ready for the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.

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