Pak Vs Aus: ICC Rated Rawalpindi Pitch “Below Average”
Recently, a Test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia ended, Where Pakistani batsman Imam Ul Haq, Abdullah Shafiq & Azhar Ali scored centuries. And overall 14 Batsman were dismissed along with scoring total1187 runs. While match’s conclusion was in Draw.
The Match referee Ranjan Madugalle reported that he found the pitch to be “below average” because there had been little change in the character of the pitch over five days of play. Additionally, he concluded that the surface didn’t provide much assistance to either team as the game went on.
The ICC has a different system for evaluating the quality of pitches and outfield monitoring. The six ratings are now: Very Good, Good, Average, Below Average, Poor, Unfit.
At the International Cricket Council, they know that the pitch is the most important thing. In order to maintain a good reputation, venues that have pitches that are not up to standards will be penalized with a demerit point. Venues will be marked as below average with one demerit point, poor with three, and unfit with five.
Following the laws, when a cricket venue achieves the 5 demerit points, it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for 12 months. When a venue is at 10 demerit points, that venue will be suspended for 24 months. Not only does a venue’s ranking matter, but so does the period of time to which a venue is suspended. Demerit points are active for five years and can be seen on a rolling basis.
In response to the ICC’s decision, the PCB issued a statement saying that they “note and accept” the decision. The PCB wants to see pitches that provide an even and exciting contest between bat and ball. To show our commitment, we have already begun work on a project which will see the replacement & modification of all of Pakistan’s pitches.
Remember That, This is the first time any Pakistan venue has received a demerit point.