The pitch was assisting spinners from start says match referee

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The ‘poor’ rating given to the Indore pitch during the third Test between India and Australia has been appealed by the BCCI. Indore’s Holkar stadium hosted the third test match.

The Indore pitch was poor according to the match referee

The match in Indore ended in just three days. Chris Broad gave a  ‘poor’ rating to the pitch and three demerit points. According to ICC rules,

“when a venue accumulates five demerit points (or crosses that threshold). It will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months. while a venue will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 24 months when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points.”

On March 3, the ICC disclosed the decision of the referee, which reportedly had the consent of both the team captains, Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith.

“The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start. The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface. Providing little or no seam movement and . There was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match.” match refree said

As per a Cricbuzz report, a BCCI source has confirmed that they were always considering the possibility of an appeal. The referee made the verdict quickly, just a few hours after the match ended. Now, ICC’s two-member committee will review the referee’s assessment and make a final decision within two weeks. Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain is the chairman of the Cricket Committee.

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