PAK Rawalpindi pitch from first Pakistan-Australia Test rated 'below average' | Reported for Pakistan-England 1st Test too now

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Ranjan Madugalle rated the pitch at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi as “below average”, resulting in the venue receiving one demerit point under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.

In his report, Madugalle said: “The character of the pitch hardly changed over the course of five days and that there has been no deterioration apart from the bounce getting slightly lower. The pitch did not have a great deal of pace and bounce in it for the seamers nor assisted the spinners as the match progressed. In my view this does not represent an even contest between bat and ball. Therefore, in keeping with the ICC guidelines I rate this pitch as below average.”

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According to the revised ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, one demerit point is awarded to venues whose pitches are rated below average by match referees, while three and five demerit points are awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit respectively.

The first Test between Pakistan and Australia saw a mammoth 1187 runs scored across three innings between two teams. The batters made merry, with Imam-ul-Haq notching up twin centuries, while Azhar Ali and Abdullah Shafique scored a ton each. It was hard toil for the bowlers who picked up only 14 wickets across the three innings.

After a dull draw, the action now moves to Karachi where the two sides will clash in the second game of the three-match Test series, starting 12 March.

 

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So I was right in saying ICC should rated this pitch as 'poor'. Where are the people who were mocking me? If I recall few years ago Trent Bridge pitch was also rated poor.
 

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So I was right in saying ICC should rated this pitch as 'poor'. Where are the people who were mocking me? If I recall few years ago Trent Bridge pitch was also rated poor.

Slight correction.... You wanted them to mock you*

The majority called it a bad pitch for test cricket and rightly so.
 

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Not fair in the realm of the ICC.

But fair according to the pitch I suppose.

But I get your point, makes sense.

Guess its subjective and depends on the opinion of the match referee so it can never be a consistent system.
 

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Guess its subjective and depends on the opinion of the match referee so it can never be a consistent system.
Nah, they do have some guidelines in place now.

TEST PITCH
RATING
DEMERIT
POINTS
Very GoodGood carry, limited seam movement and consistent good bounce early in the match and as the pitch wears as the match progresses, with an acceptable amount of turn on the first two days but natural wear
sufficient to be responsive to spin later in the game.
None
GoodAverage carry, moderate seam movement and consistent bounce both early in the match and as the pitch wears as the match progresses, natural wear sufficient to be responsive to spin from day 1, though not
quite meeting the criteria for carry and bounce for a “very good” pitch.
None
AverageLacks carry, and/or bounce and/or occasional seam movement, but consistent in carry and bounce. A degree of turn, but with average
bounce for the spinner. Falling significantly short of “very good” with respect to carry, bounce and turn.
None
Below AverageEither very little carry and/or bounce and/or more than occasional seam movement, or occasional variable (but not excessive or dangerous) bounce and/or occasional variable carry. If a pitch demonstrates these
features, then the pitch cannot be rated in a higher category regardless of the amount of turn the pitch displays at any stage of the match.
1 point
PoorA Poor pitch is one that does not allow an even contest between bat and ball, either by favouring the batters too much, and not giving the bowlers (seam and spin) from either team sufficient opportunity to take wickets, or by favouring the bowlers too much (seam or spin), and not giving the batters from either team the opportunity to make runs.

If any of the following criteria apply, a pitch may be rated “poor”:

The pitch offers excessive seam movement at any stage of the match
The pitch displays excessive unevenness of bounce for any bowler at any stage of the match
The pitch offers excessive assistance to spin bowlers, especially early in the match
The pitch displays little or no seam movement or turn at any stage in the match together with no significant bounce or
carry, thereby depriving the bowlers of a fair contest between bat and ball.
3 points

- The pitch displays excessive moisture making its playing characteristics unpredictable, or excessive dryness leading to the surface to deteriorate.
UnfitA pitch may be rated ‘unfit’ if it is dangerous.5 points
 
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Were these ratings around back in 2006 (guessing now), otherwise Faisalabad and Lahore would have been in trouble during that India test series.
 

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Rawalpindi pitch rated as 'Below Average'​


Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees has rated the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch that was used for the first match of the ICC World Test Championship series between Pakistan and England as “below average” and the venue has received one demerit point under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.

This is the second demerit point for the venue after the pitch used for the first Test between Pakistan and Australia in March this year was also rated as “below average.”

Mr Pycroft said: “It was a very flat pitch which gave almost no assistance to any type of bowler. That was the main reason why batters scored very fast and both sides posted huge totals. The pitch hardly deteriorated during the course of the match.

“Since there was very little in it for the bowlers, I found the pitch to be “below average” as per the ICC guidelines.”

Mr. Pycroft’s report has been forwarded to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

 
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Pakistan v England: Demerit point for Rawalpindi pitch rescinded

The demerit point given to the Rawalpindi pitch used in England's thrilling first-Test win over Pakistan in December has been rescinded.

The flat nature of the surface resulted in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rating it as "below average".
The Pakistan Cricket Board was successful in an appeal, partly because of the memorable end to the match.

England were able to force a 74-run victory in the dying moments of the final day.

After reviewing footage of the Test, the ICC said: "There were several redeeming features - including the fact a result was achieved following a compelling game, with 37 out of a possible 39 wickets being taken.

"As such, the appeal panel concluded the wicket did not warrant the 'below average' rating."

Pitches for every international match are rated, with negative ratings resulting in demerit points, the accumulation of which could lead to a suspension of staging rights.

If a venue receives five demerit points in a five-year period, it will be suspended from hosting international cricket for 12 months.

The six ratings a pitch or outfield can be given are very good, good, average, below average, poor and unfit.

The Rawalpindi pitch had previously been given a below average rating for the drawn Test between Pakistan and Australia in March of last year.

England's win, which put them on the way to a 3-0 series clean sweep, included 1,768 runs being scored, the most in history for a Test played over a maximum of five days.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/64345418
 

AdvShahzad

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Yeh pitches zaroori thin imo as every team takes home advantage... Is tarah ki pitches bana kar hum haar zaroor gaye hein but apne batsmanon ko hum ne batting train kar di hai, how to bat, this experience will help our batsman when they go out of the country to in these country's conditions although those conditions will be different, but these batsmen will feel confident cus of the runs they have got in home conditions.... I dont think these pitches deserve any demerit points... India made worse pitches than these in last 2 decades at home....
 
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RaR

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No doubt this was a bad pitch. Pakistan always had decent pitches (Excluding Faisalabad), more spinning late in the game. I think these were done to support Ramiz's idea of drop-in pitches, which is really bad idea. We should make pitches which suit us and lately they are not.
The ICC should also look at the pitches where 5 days match finishes in 2 and half days.
 

RaR

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No doubt this was a bad pitch. Pakistan always had decent pitches (Excluding Faisalabad), more spinning late in the game. I think these were done to support Ramiz's idea of drop-in pitches, which is really bad idea. We should make pitches which suit us and lately they are not.
The ICC should also look at the pitches where 5 days match finishes in 2 and half days.
 
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