Shortly after the Nagpur surface was deemed “poor” by match referee Jeff Crowe, the ICC has now launched an official warning against the pitch used at the VCA Stadium for the third Test between India and South Africa.
The ultimatum was handed under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process following the Test. That no issues were raised following the rest of the matches played at the venue is what acted as a catalyst in the sanction. The ICC agreed with Crowe’s assessment that the VCA surface did not allow an even contest between bat and the ball.
The finding was made by ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and ICC chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, after watching footage of the match, reviewing the post-match reports from Mr Crowe, and considering the response provided by the BCCI.
India beat South Africa by 124 runs to hand the Proteas their first away Test series loss in nine years. South Africa were out for 79 and 185 in both innings, displaying their inadequacy against facing quality spin in the sub-continent. India skipper Virat Kohli and spinner R Ashwin have already expressed disappointment regarding the debate surrounding the pitch.