Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Galle October 7, 2011

SLC gets official warning for Galle pitch

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Sri Lanka Cricket has been given an official ICC warning for preparing a "poor" pitch in Galle for the first Test against Australia that was played from August 31-September 3. The ICC's pitch consultant Andy Atkinson will inspect the pitch at the end of this month and make recommendations about any corrective action required. SLC, for its part, will need to submit a report confirming the recommended corrective action, if any, has been taken prior to staging its next international match in Galle.

The Galle Test, won by Australia, lasted four days, with the home team being dismissed for 105 and 253 in its 125-run defeat. The match referee for the game Chris Broad had expressed his concern about the pitch to the ICC. Richardson and the ICC's chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle, relying on Broad's report, the SLC's response and video footage from the game, then made their decision.

"We have come to a decision that the pitch prepared for the match should be rated as 'poor'," Dave Richardson, the ICC's general manager for cricket, said in a statement. "It was clear from the video footage of the match that the amount of turn, especially early in the match, was excessive and there were occasions (even on the first day) where the ball went through the surface of the pitch, bouncing unusually steeply from a good length.

"Whilst it is understandable and acceptable for a pitch to deteriorate over the course of the match, for a pitch to exhibit this type of behavior at relatively early stages of the match was not acceptable. Whilst we do not wish to see a pitch that is too heavily weighted in favour of the batsmen, in this instance, the balance was just too much in favour of the bowler."

Richardson said that since this is the first time the Galle pitch has come up for such scrutiny, the penalty was confined to a warning. "Taking into account that it was the first time that a pitch at Galle has been rated as "poor" and given the intention of the curator to prepare a pitch that provided a fair balance between bat and ball, we have decided to impose a warning as the sanction," he said.

"We have also directed that ICC's pitch consultant Andy Atkinson carry out an inspection of the square with a view to making recommendations to ensure that in future the manner of preparation is in line with what is required to ensure that a better balance between bat and ball is achieved."

The ICC has imposed harsher penalties in the past. The Ferozshah Kotla ground in Delhi was banned from hosting any international matches in 2010 after an India-Sri Lanka ODI in January that year had to be abandoned due to a "dangerous" pitch.

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  • on October 9, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    what about injury-causing bouncy wickets in SA, AUS & ENG?

  • spence1324 on October 8, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    @vibrant patel fast, bouncy and dangerous pitches give us a break! there only dangerous when one team plays on them India.Why because proper technique and ability are needed not slogging which india players use to over come technical weakness,classic case last series in england.

  • Vibrant_Patel on October 8, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Where's ICC... when NZ pitches finishes test in 2/3 days...!!

  • Vibrant_Patel on October 8, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Instead of barking at Subcontinent boards... ICC should look at AUS, ENG & SA pitches & warn respective board about making bouncy turf, which indeed more dangereous to batsmen over the years..!!!

  • on October 8, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    wow wow and wow.............. now i consider supporting BCCI hope they can set an example on behalf of the subcontinent teams.As a Sri Lankan i back Indians to prepare a turner in their back yard and teach these cry babies a lesson.Hope they won't protest against the mighty BCCI next year.But seriously this is not the International Cricket Council it's back to the IMPERIAL CRICKET COUNCIL in the past.

  • trivipul on October 8, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Excess Swing is a sporting pitch a green carpet is always welcome by the ICC. Why than a spinning pitch is not a sporting wicket & is called an unprepared wicket. ICC is bias because the top shots are people who have not been able to play spin so they in a way are taking out their revenge on spin.

  • on October 8, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    What utter rubbish! Do you hear them complaining about flat batting tracks that lead to 1500+ runs in a Test? It's about time that bowlers had dustbowls and greentops from time to time. Besides the batsmen are getting technically weaker because of the handouts they've been getting in terms of rules and pitches.

  • s.alvi on October 8, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    I wonder where has all the common sense gone from ICC. How can they warn SLC on this issue. I saw the match, the pitch was not that bad that it could lead to injury to players, i think it was a good test pitch and ICC should have appreciated that this pitch produced a result. I really pity bowlers of today, they put so much into each delivery, are more prone to injury than batsmen and now ICC wants all pitches to support batsmen and become bowlers graveyards. Its nothing wrong now for international bowlers to stick to restrict their careers to ODI and T20 cricket. The batsmens' averages are becoming more and more and the bowlers strike rates are taking a beating. Much more senseless cricket on the horizon now after this warning..:(

  • Praxis on October 8, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Why doesn't cricinfo take a poll, "Do you think ICC is intentionally making cricket too much batsman favored & killing the beauty of bowling in the process?" Its an issue that all fans here would like to give their vote on, unlike all other polls concerning only one country.

  • mrmonty on October 8, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    This just proves how outdated the thinking at ICC is? They would rather have 400runs/day draws, but God forbid if you made a turning pitch. And, people who talk about uneven bounce, can they guarantee that uneven swing/seam won't take place in a game. If there was uneven bounce, it was the same for both teams. The team that exploited the conditions best won; in this case Australia. So, the ICC should keep quiet and enjoy the game by letting the game be.

  • on October 9, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    what about injury-causing bouncy wickets in SA, AUS & ENG?

  • spence1324 on October 8, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    @vibrant patel fast, bouncy and dangerous pitches give us a break! there only dangerous when one team plays on them India.Why because proper technique and ability are needed not slogging which india players use to over come technical weakness,classic case last series in england.

  • Vibrant_Patel on October 8, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Where's ICC... when NZ pitches finishes test in 2/3 days...!!

  • Vibrant_Patel on October 8, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Instead of barking at Subcontinent boards... ICC should look at AUS, ENG & SA pitches & warn respective board about making bouncy turf, which indeed more dangereous to batsmen over the years..!!!

  • on October 8, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    wow wow and wow.............. now i consider supporting BCCI hope they can set an example on behalf of the subcontinent teams.As a Sri Lankan i back Indians to prepare a turner in their back yard and teach these cry babies a lesson.Hope they won't protest against the mighty BCCI next year.But seriously this is not the International Cricket Council it's back to the IMPERIAL CRICKET COUNCIL in the past.

  • trivipul on October 8, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Excess Swing is a sporting pitch a green carpet is always welcome by the ICC. Why than a spinning pitch is not a sporting wicket & is called an unprepared wicket. ICC is bias because the top shots are people who have not been able to play spin so they in a way are taking out their revenge on spin.

  • on October 8, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    What utter rubbish! Do you hear them complaining about flat batting tracks that lead to 1500+ runs in a Test? It's about time that bowlers had dustbowls and greentops from time to time. Besides the batsmen are getting technically weaker because of the handouts they've been getting in terms of rules and pitches.

  • s.alvi on October 8, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    I wonder where has all the common sense gone from ICC. How can they warn SLC on this issue. I saw the match, the pitch was not that bad that it could lead to injury to players, i think it was a good test pitch and ICC should have appreciated that this pitch produced a result. I really pity bowlers of today, they put so much into each delivery, are more prone to injury than batsmen and now ICC wants all pitches to support batsmen and become bowlers graveyards. Its nothing wrong now for international bowlers to stick to restrict their careers to ODI and T20 cricket. The batsmens' averages are becoming more and more and the bowlers strike rates are taking a beating. Much more senseless cricket on the horizon now after this warning..:(

  • Praxis on October 8, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Why doesn't cricinfo take a poll, "Do you think ICC is intentionally making cricket too much batsman favored & killing the beauty of bowling in the process?" Its an issue that all fans here would like to give their vote on, unlike all other polls concerning only one country.

  • mrmonty on October 8, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    This just proves how outdated the thinking at ICC is? They would rather have 400runs/day draws, but God forbid if you made a turning pitch. And, people who talk about uneven bounce, can they guarantee that uneven swing/seam won't take place in a game. If there was uneven bounce, it was the same for both teams. The team that exploited the conditions best won; in this case Australia. So, the ICC should keep quiet and enjoy the game by letting the game be.

  • cricket_maiac on October 8, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    this is insanity at its peak! the Perth pitch is famous for the speed demons. It is a fast bowler's paradise. if teams get bowled out for less than 100 in those pitches, they say that the fast bowlers were breathing fire and the batsmen mere not able to keep up. why doesn't the ICC reprimand such pitches??

  • johnathonjosephs on October 8, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    oh my god.... Can ICC make it any harder on the bowlers? First, free hits on the no balls. Then extra powerplay for batting sides. And people wonder why ODI's are dying. Now it looks like they are attacking Tests and trying to make it easier for batsman. People wonder why pitches are so flat and blame the curators, yet when the curators try to change things up, they are punished.

  • on October 8, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    What does Anuruddha Polonnowita, the Nat'l curator for SL has to say about this?

  • Zahidsaltin on October 8, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    WHY NOT THEN WARN FOR LACK OF TURN AND LACK OF BOUNCE TOO? ICC SHOULD SPEND SOM MIND TO THOSE DEAD TRACKS WHICH DO NOT HAVE TURN OR PACE.

  • on October 7, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    so now the icc talks about balance btw bat and ball .... which in my view will never exist bcos its a batsmen's game and always will be u will see flat pitches in uae dubai etc in the upcoming series btw pakistan vs srilanka icc wnt say the pitch was too flat and its harsh for bowlers i want better pitches all over the world and start bending some rules towards the bowlers then talk abt balance btw bat and bowl .....

  • Manerajuri on October 7, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    how about green tops in england, SA. Spinners bring dimension to the cricket. It is an art, I always enjoy watching spinner setting up the batsman in a battle. You know makes me wonder the way BCCI handles ICC is not so bad..because ICC has always been biased against asian teams. now BCCI has money, power so why not make ICC dance on their tunes...cheers to BCCI and all the spinners around the world.

  • on October 7, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    ICC is now presiding over the death of cricket as we know it -- a test of bat vs ball under different conditions. It is now more about a test of your bat vs my bat as in T20 and ODI and even tests on flat tracks. At this rate, Cricket itself will be obsolete by the end of this century.

  • Trevor_G on October 7, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    I agree with most of you. Why not allow turn from ball 1? However random bounce does nothing for the bowler or batsman and can be dangerous. Also, I do think that batsmen are a favoured species, compared with the unfortunate bowlers who exist far down the food chain. Perhaps it is the fault of the shortest form where the crowds expect instant gratification via fours and sixes in every over. I am an old-school purist, and prefer 5-day Tests where true skill and subtlety prevail and where turn from ball 1 would just add to the complexity of the game.

  • CricketisKing on October 7, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    ICC is looking to kill Test Cricket. All they want to see is dead pitches where the teams score 700 runs each and then go drink a beer. Galle pitch produced a result. What is wrong with that? Most ot the time the balance is in favor of the batsman. The ICC should also fine all the dead draw wickets.

  • SixoverSlips on October 7, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    What non-sense? Why can't a pitch turn on the first day?

  • on October 7, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    This is ridiculous. The ball in test turned a lot but it was not dangerous. If you cant see spinner dominate then why England and Southafrica produce green tops. Those are if any more dangerous as they are bouncy. Do you want spinners to come onto play on day 5 when 80% matches are over in 4 days? Riduculous and no wonder it came from which match refree as we all know who he was and what is his son.

  • Leggie on October 7, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    The most bizzare warning that I've ever come across. If a turning pitch is to be condemned, so must be those dead tracks where so many unmeaningful heaps on runs are scored. Some tracks that come to my immediate memory.. the record 950+ that SL scored vs india, the track in Pakistan where Sehwag/Dravid had a 400+ partnership chasing a Pak total of 600+, the dead Chennai track where Sehwag scored his 300 and many many more. If cricket can be played in these dead tracks, so can it be played on square turners and green tops.

  • on October 7, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    Why is it that a pitch that turns early is an unacceptable pitch? There are so many factors that mitigate against spinners in this day and age - batsman-friendly pitches, fast bowler-pitches, smaller playing areas, super-powerful bats, 6 ball overs.... The cricket legislators should be encouraging them, not squeezing them out of the game.

  • KBCA on October 7, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    lol @ Vikx123 i completely agree there was nothing 'wrong' with the pitch, i watched and enjoyed that match however ur comment.. ' pitches in Australia and England should be given a warning for "excessive" bounce and swing.' is laughable because there is no way to prepare a pitch for SWING! swing happens due to atmospheric conditions, ball used and bowler skill. it has nothing to do with the surface ;) except in the case of reverse swing which is caused by abbrasive pitches and damage to the ball.

  • NikhilNair on October 7, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    What is this! Then how about the swinging pitches in Eng and SA? All those don't need to be changed?!? Spin is part of the game... and it should be encouraged. With all this stuff making the game biased... there's no wonder the level of bowling have gone down in the last few years.

  • Cric1988 on October 7, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    @ARad: I completely agree with you. Seriously shame on ICC, everything they do/say is in favour of the batsmen. Things that are in favour of the batsmen: heavy and thick edge bats, two new balls, power plays, short boundaries, free-hit, bouncer limit and the list goes on. i dont like games in which teams chase huge totals rather games in which batsmen have to fight for runs are more interesting whether they may be odi, t20 or tests because if a bad bowl is bowled it would mostly get the treatment it deserves even on a pitch offering support to bowlers but vey rarely do things happen the otherway roundso basically both batsmen and bowler would be striving hard for success. Also because of all this we are seeing bowlers loosing there worth, more part time bowlers in pretty much every club, county and international sides. It is becoming batsmens game everyday! i personally like wickets in England

  • nlambda on October 7, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    This is a disgrace by the ICC. Why is a turning, low track that produced a 4 day result - not 2 days, not 3 days - a disgrace? And what does the ICC think of the 3rd test pitch which ended in a dead draw? If spin is the problem then that is prejudiced. The wanderers pitch in SA last year was completely green to aid SA quicks and no one sent a notice for that.

  • on October 7, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    SAD SAD SAD state of affairs of the ICC..You have to be completely oblivious of what the cricket watching audience wants to come out and say something like that.

  • JohnnyRook on October 7, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I think this is seriously ridiculous from ICC. I think as long as pitch is not dangerous, it should be deemed okay. Galle pitch was any day better than "400 for 4 in reply to 600 for 5 declared" kind of pitches. Why don't such pitches ever get a warning from ICC. Which kid will wish to be a bowler if this nonsense continues. And why should excessive turn be held against the pitch. Going by this logic, pitches like Perth which have bounce even on Day 5 should also be reprimanded.

  • vikx123 on October 7, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Shame on you ICC!!! Along the same lines pitches in Australia and England should be given a warning for "excessive" bounce and swing.

  • ARad on October 7, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    "Whilst we do not wish to see a pitch that is too heavily weighted in favour of the batsmen, in this instance, the balance was just too much in favour of the bowler." When was the last time ICC butted into warn a pitch for being too heavily weighted in favour of batsmen? As long as the pitch is not dangerous, ICC should not butt in or they should be EVEN HANDED in their assessment. I would rather watch more Test matches like this than the boring run fests that are typical in South Asian conditions. SHAME ON YOU ICC!

  • VEXXZ on October 7, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    I did stated WIN , DRAW or LOST, an offical complaint should have been lodge to the ICC for the POOR condition of that pitch . Its nice to know that such was done and to make it CLEAR to all that no such kind of playing surface for International Cricket will be tollarated .

  • on October 7, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    A pitch that was prepared after a Bot of Gull/Old Arrack by the curator........

  • Shams on October 7, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    We should encourage pitches that help bowlers esp given that most things are favoring batsmen nowadays. Even mishits go for sixes/boundaries are shorter/... Sad to hear that the ICC doesn't agree :(

  • on October 7, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    so the only pitch that produced a result has been rated the poorest? wehat a big joke

  • on October 7, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    So SLC prepares a minefield to help it's spinners and exploit Australia's apparent weakness against spin and still loses... BCCI to blame for this for sure...

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 7, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    The main part of the decision is about a pitch deliberately prepared or underprepared more likely so that it deteriorates almost immediately and is literally falling apart. As said pitches usually deteriorate over the course of 5 days (some more than others) but are prepared in an attempt to be fair to both teams. In the examples of Perth & England pitches are affected by the weather (ie the heat of Perth or the rain of Yorkshire) or the overhead conditions and produce different but distinct conditions. What happened here was that the pitch wasnt watered in a normal and acceptable way in an attempt to produce the best surface possible but was doctored to be dry and crumbling in the expectation that the supposedly superior SL spin attack would be greatly advantaged.

  • jagatr on October 7, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    How about penalising some of the green tops that favour the fast bowlers 'excessively' - if the BCCI really had any clout, they'd stand up now and insist on a penalty for Perth and Capetown - and perhaps a penalty all across England and NZ coz the balls swings 'alarmingly' in the air. What utter nonsense!

  • amitgarg78 on October 7, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    RIDICULOUS! Everything that they can't play is to be deemed illegal, is it?

  • on October 7, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Can we seperate pitches from overhead conditions please. A ball swinging round corners has nothing to do with the pitch and how it plays. Scrub the stupid comments about Headingley (it should be Trent Bridge!).

    Most greentops "settle down" and change colour during the match. Often they turn into good batting wickets in the 2nd innings. Bouncy decks are normally consistent in bounce for a specific bowler and again flatten out. Yes skill is required, just like playing spin, however when skill becomes a lottery then decks must be investigated. Thats the question we must ask ourselves before making a judgement.

  • jayrkay on October 7, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    How idiotic, the whole idea is joke.Pitches in India are placid,but in England the bouncy wickets are dangerous.How many times the various english pitches have taken tolls on-low scoring matches.It is spectators that make the money.

  • KingOwl on October 7, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Well, my previous comment was not published. Let me therefore rephrase. I, like many, believe that Mr. Broad is biased. I also believe that the Western media, which was on the side of the Aussies during the series inflamed the emotions surrounding the pitch issue. Media thought that Aussies would lose that match, and gave excuses in advance. Everybody made a big fuss over nothing. ICC had to do something after all the fuss and naturally made one of their typical, moronic decisions. So, here we go, wasting our time writing all these messages..... But this is cricket, I suppose.

  • yorkslanka on October 7, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @samincolumbia..dont you get bored talking to yourself constantly?...

  • on October 7, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Has it ever happened happened that SEAMING AND BOUNCING PITCHES WERE MADE IN UK/ AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AFRICA AND THEY WERE REMENDED BY ICC ?????

  • on October 7, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    GALLE PITCH FAR BETTER THAN OTHER PITCHES IN WORLD B COZ IT ALWAYS GIVE US A RESULT. AT THE SAME TIME SOME PACE FRIENDLY PITCHES ARE SWINGING IN EITHER WAY IN DA FIFTH DAY TO ,THEN THERE IS NO PROBLEM IF A PITCH TURNS IN THE FIRST DAY.

  • SDHM on October 7, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    What a joke. Has a cricket board anywhere in the world ever considered asking the fans what they'd like to see?

  • samincolumbia on October 7, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Excellent decision by ICC!!

    SL fans will now blame BCCI for this too...they still have to get over Dhoni's WC SIX and their WC dreams going up in smoke!! haha...

  • on October 7, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    LOL - wonderful - so Sabina Park pitches prepared for Patterson to terrorize others is acceptable, NZ lawns which had two first innings finish for <100 runs is fine, WACA or Durban pitches where you bang the ball into the batsman's half and it bounces over keeper's head is "true", indeed even swinging around the corner Headlingley pitches are fine - but to test a batsman on a turning dustbowl is excessively in favor of the bowler? Is playing fast bowling the only skills required of a batsman? Oh and "Whilst we do not wish to see a pitch that is too heavily weighted in favour of the batsmen.." So what exactly was ICC doing when SL put up partnerships of 500+ and 600+ ? or when even Murali struggled to turn a ball on a tarmac flat Rajkot pitch? Or people score triples and quadruples for fun in Antigua?

  • sinchl on October 7, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Then why don't they stop Australia, SA, and England for preparing fast and bouncy pitches.

  • on October 7, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    RUBBISH comments by the ICC

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on October 7, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    @maddy20: "I would like BCCI to prepare 5 dustbowls and give ICC a piece of their mind!"... You would like the BCCI to give itself a piece of its own mind??? Interesting metaphysical post on mind-body duality.

  • azzaman333 on October 7, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    It was by far the best pitch all tour. Absolutely ridiculous decision from the ICC.

  • garrff on October 7, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    this is shameful!!!!! why cant the bowlers get a bowling friendly pitch for once and put the batsmen to the test??!! is it not called test cricket for that reason?

  • Deepfreezed on October 7, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Is the ICC going to warn Aus about Perth? Or Eng about the green lawns they prepare as pitches?

  • kesasam on October 7, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Mr Chris Broad.....Got some attitude problems with asian teams....this is not the first time this happen.....and it will be not the last time as well....ICC please look out for this Mad Man....Dont wait until he becomes another Darrel Hair.....

  • Quazar on October 7, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Only uneven bounce right from day 1 should have been cited as a problem. There is nothing wrong with significant turn from day 1, as long as the bounce is even. But I have to say, this was a challenging and interesting Test match for both teams and viewers.

  • kesasam on October 7, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Mr Madugalla......You dont have a back borne.....You cant stand straight against wrong decision. I think its time for the retirement and pass the chair to somebody else who can do the job....

  • bumsonseats on October 7, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    gupta india won the toss on the 1st / 2nd test but their bowlers could not get anything out of the wickets. england won the 3rd /4th tosses put you in and we could, on all 4 games we managed to score a bagfull. we had bowlers and we had batters who scored in all conditions.you got what is a good test pitch. helps the bowlers to start with and batters ( or some batters) towards the end. dravid found it ok because hes not a flat track bully. dpk

  • on October 7, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Rubbish! Why doesn't ICC warn BCCI for producing a flat wicket at Bangalore? Why did ICC not reprimand NZC for producing dangerous wickets during India's tour of NZ in 2003?

  • on October 7, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    I find this very unfair. Why hasn't the ICC ever warned anyone for completely dead pitches?

    I quote: "Whilst we do not wish to see a pitch that is too heavily weighted in favour of the batsmen, in this instance, the balance was just too much in favour of the bowler."

    This is obviously an absolute lie! They have never made issue with any pitch that was heavily in favour of the batsmen.

  • MUDIYANSE on October 7, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    SHAME on you ICC ! If Galle pitch is "poor" what about ROADS like this ? http://www.espncricinfo.com/indvsl2009/engine/match/430881.html , http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/388993.html So ICC expects more ROADS to SAVE TEST CRICKET ?

    What's the wrong in preparing traditional dust bowl in subcontinent ? Should every country prepare seaming wickets ? May be ICC didn't warned this pitch ( http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64021.html ) because it helped seamers not spinners.

    Galle pitch was a good sporting wicket in Asia after some time. Just 2 deliveries from the whole Galle match which had an uneven bounce. (Hughes's 1st innings dismissal & Sangakkara's 2nd innings dismissal) Stupid acts from ICC like this force Asian curators to prepare more placid wicket wickets. That's would be the death of TEST cricket. No one wants to watche dull high scoring draws.

  • Philip_Gnana on October 7, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Was there ever any action taken where wickets had been deliberately prepared to favour fast bowlers? I doubt it. We see it happening in OZ and in England. Even as recent as the last SL tour in England where the wickets were prepared for their fast bowlers. The Galle pitch was certainly not dangerous. It did seem to get better towards the 4th day. Chris Broad does not have a good track record in SL anyway. Remember the last tour in SL where he was the match referee? England are touring SL this winter right? By no means can the curator be held totally blameless either. He had gone from one extreme to the other. The West Indies batting first earlier on in the year had a perfect batting wicket with no assistance to the bowlers on the first day. Gupta Ankur does have a point too. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • maddy20 on October 7, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    This is ludicrous! SO the English and Australian teams can prepare wickets that looks like lawns and meadows but the subcontinental teams cannot prepare pitches which favor their bowlers? I would like BCCI to prepare 5 dustbowls and give ICC a piece of their mind!

  • stormy16 on October 7, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    I dont have a problem with this so long as the same applies for green top or a wicket with excessive bounce or for a wicket with excessive seam movement. Ok lets see where could such wickets be found? I dont get it - why must a wicket only turn on days 4 and 5, who made this rule? The uneven bounce I must say is a fair comment - you just cant have that on any wicket but turn surely requires skills and how many wickets did the Australian spinner take on the 4th innings? None I think - so how much turn was there? Can we apply such a rule to swing and reverse swing?

  • on October 7, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    The pitches in SA and England on India's last tour were assisting the home bowlers from day 1. I don't remember ICC taking action against them. Will ICC take action against Australia when it prepares bouncy pitches against India in 2012? If not, why single out SL? Also, what exactly is the function of a Match Referee? It seems people like Ranjan Madugalle are absolutely incompetent. He seems to be a Yes-Man and agrees with everything he is asked to do by his bosses. Different teams get punished very differently for the same offence when this guy has to take decisions. This is a guy that penalizes some teams heavily for "appealing too much" and what not, but lets Ricky Ponting get away with far worse behavior (as in last year's Ashes. Ditto Chris Broad. If a Referee cannot be impartial and make logical decisions, why have them in the first place?

  • sanmwaugh2001 on October 7, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    the pitch was good one. I cannot believe that these all pitches favours batsman and for once it assisted the bowlers. This pitch showed that the batsman with class and technique are the ones who could bat on it. I think more wickets should be prepared like this so that the batsman understand the misery of the bowlers when they play on the flat decks in the subcontinent and one day.

    Cricketing wickets should always have good contest with bat and ball and this wicket was bit more favourable to bowlers ... but was not unplayable as described by many. All it needed was application which the aussies showed better than lanka and they won.

  • on October 7, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    and yet SL lost the match by 125 runs. so stop being negative and prepare wickets to favour our fast bowlers too. otherwise how can we produce world class fast bowlers ?

  • JamesArmstrong on October 7, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    PiyushD- pitches don't assist swing.

    Having said that if a pitch isn't dangerous, who cares if it spins on day 1 or day 5, is green & seams around too much. As long as it produces a result

  • KingOwl on October 7, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Oh one more thing - so it was a dangerous pitch, ha? How many got injured? Zero. Nice conclusion. No wonder the ICC is run by imbeciles.

  • Herbet on October 7, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Never heard such rubbish. The pitch provided a genuinely entertaining and challenging contest. Why don't we just play all games over 20 overs at Bangalore and be done with it? Its the way it appears to be heading.

  • KingOwl on October 7, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    What a stupid decision. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the wicket. Mahela got a century on the last day of the match!! The only poor score was the first innings score made my SL - that was because they totally misjudged the wicket, not because it was a horrible pitch. SL has some of the best pitches in the world. Probably the only country in the world where there is help for both fast bowlers and spinners.

  • S.F.Ali on October 7, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    I think in test cricket pitches should be testing for batsmen not flat or boring.

  • on October 7, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    i don't understand this. ICC says that "Whilst we do not wish to see a pitch that is too heavily weighted in favour of the batsmen, in this instance, the balance was just too much in favour of the bowler."

    But we never see ICC warn boards when too flat pitches are prepared and huge piles of runs are scored. If SLC is warned for preparing a bowler favoring pitch, then those boards preparing absolutely flat pitches favouring the batsmen should also be warned.

  • on October 7, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Indians are trying to make excuses even by using this....Pitches they played in Eng were lot better than the ones that SL played in England...Also this pitch is no where close to Ferozia Cotla pitch..which was HORRIBLE..bu .I agree that Galle pitch is certainly not up to the mark..AlsoICC should warn countries like SA who prepared unsporty wickets for Sri lanka in last champions trophy(specially after SL`s win against them in first match.

  • Haleos on October 7, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @PiyushD - agree completely. Lot of matched in NZ finish in less than 4 days. scores under 200 are common. Of course they will blame the asians for nto being able to cope with the cold weather conditions.

  • on October 7, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    I think ICC must make rules on standard of pitch in all 3 formats for all members and force them 2 follow those standards

  • Haleos on October 7, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @palla.avinash - Mr Board does not like asain teams.

  • Haleos on October 7, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @palla.avinash - Mr Board does not like asain teams.

  • on October 7, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Ridiculous decision by ICC. The game is going in favour of batsmen. They are making Restriction on Pitches & Bouncers in Over. Decision taken in ODI in change in rules make very poor situation of bowlers. Nowadays we can say that bowlers are born to give away runs nothing else.. ICC should change this thing and back to 60's & 70's rules of playing cricket. Where we can bring quality batting and bowling.

  • on October 7, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    As long as no body is getting hurt and there is a result, ICC should not poke in to this matter. If they will, they should also warn those pitches where there is an excess of bounce and uneven spin.

  • Haleos on October 7, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Why is it England can prepare green tops, Australia can prepare bouncy tracks but asian countries can not prepare spinning tracks? Never heard ICC complaining about green surfaces.

  • on October 7, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    The ICC seem completely out of touch with those that love the game, and at odds with common sense. It's not like the test lasted 2 days, batsmen with appropriate skills were able to survive and score. It seems they'd rather have half-empty grounds for 5 days, and this precedent will undoubtedly mean more bore draws.

  • Emperor_Selassie on October 7, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    @ Facebook, they have not been penalised for preparing a turning pitch/dustbowl. It's cus an umpire seems to think that a bit of uneaven bounce seems to make a pitch unplayable. I would have said this pitch was more in favourof Australias quicks than the tweakers.

    On a seperate note, I would understand if the match was over after 2 days but it finished in a RESULT after 4 days, which I see as good for test cricket. By the time us english get there it's be so flat that we both rack up 750 and shake hands on the 5th day before the 2nd innings even begins, similar to wehen india toured, it just makes for boring tests, no wonder so few in the sub-continent can be bothered with tests with a lack of results.

  • on October 7, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    I cant understand this.. Whn swing and seam is allowed on first day of Test match, why not spin.?? As for as Galle's match, Spin was same from first to last day.. Obviously, dats wt v need.. It is far better than pitches which changes in course of match.. Like Swing and seam in first half of match or Spin in latter half..

  • D.V.C. on October 7, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Why does the pitch have to start good and deteriorate? What's wrong with one like this, that started good for bowlers and got easier for batsmen as the game went on?

  • machan15 on October 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    @indianzen you've got to be joking, the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch was a disgrace and could have hurt someone

  • MeeraKrishna on October 7, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    why do people always complain about the slow low turners of the subcontinent..I feel it is unfair for by the Auz or other country to prepare bouncier tracks..if they are not comfirtable playing spin then we are not playing biunce as well..lets be fair..

  • Baundele on October 7, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    I liked the match very much. It was a fair test pitch. I guess, it is all about politics. BCCI has a cold relationship with SLC.

  • the_wallster on October 7, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    haha! @Gupta.Ankur. if the england pitches were so heavily in favour of bowlers, how come england never lost 20 wickets a match in that whole series? and i think the ICC have made a top decision. when the pitches are so heavily in favour of either batting or bowling, the unfair contest it produces makes poor viewing. having a dustbowl on day one is unnacceptable, as is having a road for five days, which is what usually happens in galle.

  • Ellis on October 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    This is an appropriate action by ICC. One of the essential ingredients of a good pitch is that the bounce should be predictably consistent. It was not in this case. The curator at Galle is a professional who knows his cricket and how to prepare a wicket. He was acting on instructions from the panjandrums who manage SL cricket. He must regret listening to their machinations. The beautiful ground at Galle deserves a wicket that tests the skill of batsmen and bowlers. This was not that type of wicket. Once again, the know-it-alls who manage SL cricket got it wrong, and the SL team and fans paid the price. If there is not a reason to mess things up, SL management would have to invent one, and they did in this case. This was not a " good Test wicket", and has been rightly declared as such.

  • indianzen on October 7, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    tit for tat, since Lankans made a big deal out of ferozshah kotla pitch (though not required), its turn they get ashamed of their Cricket board's unprepared Galle pitch...

  • on October 7, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    and england can go on making fast and bouncy pitches to suppourt its bowlers and teams in subcontinent cant make turners to suppourt therir bowlers ridicoulus england are scared to play at a square turner they are next to play at galle in march

  • licec on October 7, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    If this pitch is rated poor just because it's excessively in favour of the bowlers, then what about those highway pitches in recent years which also favour batters excessively than required? Don't you think they too should be rated as poor? Added to that, these flat pitches are THE cause for the most boring sort of cricket seen in recent times. At least, pitches like those mentioned above tend to give a result. Personally, I liked that Galle test. Having said that, if at all they are dangerous, they should most certainly be banned.

  • on October 7, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    did they ever complain if the pitch was too favourable for the batsmen? this is a discrimination for bowlers!!!! Why doesnt SSC ever get a warning for being a batsmen favourable pitch???

  • PiyushD on October 7, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    I seriously fail to understand what is the definition of a poor pitch, if it is turning from day one, there is uneven bounce, what if a pitch is lush green and assisting swing for 5 days with uneven bounce is it not poor? All non asian teams start crying at the sight of spinning pitches while if Asian teams fail on these green tops they are called home tigers. I suggest we need to widen the domain of the home and away series.England, SA, Australia and NZ have similar pitches then why to call them away matches, the point system should take into consideration the type of pitch a match is played on and accordingly define it as a home or away win.

  • palla.avinash on October 7, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    nothing wrong with the pitch,it had just some good spin from day.Do icc and chris broad doesn't like spin pitches ,they should allow such pitch to test the ability of batsmen.if australia and england can make fast and bounce tracks,why cant subcontient make spin tracks there is lot of injustice here.

  • 512fm on October 7, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Its really hard to support cricket these days when decisions like this are made. Twenty20 cricket and batsman oriented pitches have combined to kill cricket as we know it.

  • Tatsache on October 7, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    yes SL pitches are boring ...!

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Then ICC must also warn ECB and CSA who also prepare wickets which are heavily in favour of their bowlers.....look at recent series against India for an eg.

  • Shanmughan on October 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    A pitch that is excessively in favour of batsmen should also be rated poor...When it comes to the viwers point of a bowling pitch is far far better than a dead batting pitch...!

  • on October 7, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    this from the icc is stupid

  • AJ_Tiger86 on October 7, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    What a joke of a decision. Galle produced an exciting test match unlike most matches in Multan, Faisalabad, Mohali or Mirpur. Andy Atkinson is a poor curator who has produced some placid batting wickets in Pakistan. Those batting paradises will kill test cricket -- not bowler friendly pitches.

  • Lees_Legends on October 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    This is an absolute joke. If they are so bent on creating 'even' contests between bat and ball, then why aren't pitches that produce 1200 runs for less than 20 wickets not similarly dealt with?

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  • Lees_Legends on October 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    This is an absolute joke. If they are so bent on creating 'even' contests between bat and ball, then why aren't pitches that produce 1200 runs for less than 20 wickets not similarly dealt with?

  • AJ_Tiger86 on October 7, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    What a joke of a decision. Galle produced an exciting test match unlike most matches in Multan, Faisalabad, Mohali or Mirpur. Andy Atkinson is a poor curator who has produced some placid batting wickets in Pakistan. Those batting paradises will kill test cricket -- not bowler friendly pitches.

  • on October 7, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    this from the icc is stupid

  • Shanmughan on October 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    A pitch that is excessively in favour of batsmen should also be rated poor...When it comes to the viwers point of a bowling pitch is far far better than a dead batting pitch...!

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Then ICC must also warn ECB and CSA who also prepare wickets which are heavily in favour of their bowlers.....look at recent series against India for an eg.

  • Tatsache on October 7, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    yes SL pitches are boring ...!

  • 512fm on October 7, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Its really hard to support cricket these days when decisions like this are made. Twenty20 cricket and batsman oriented pitches have combined to kill cricket as we know it.

  • palla.avinash on October 7, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    nothing wrong with the pitch,it had just some good spin from day.Do icc and chris broad doesn't like spin pitches ,they should allow such pitch to test the ability of batsmen.if australia and england can make fast and bounce tracks,why cant subcontient make spin tracks there is lot of injustice here.

  • PiyushD on October 7, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    I seriously fail to understand what is the definition of a poor pitch, if it is turning from day one, there is uneven bounce, what if a pitch is lush green and assisting swing for 5 days with uneven bounce is it not poor? All non asian teams start crying at the sight of spinning pitches while if Asian teams fail on these green tops they are called home tigers. I suggest we need to widen the domain of the home and away series.England, SA, Australia and NZ have similar pitches then why to call them away matches, the point system should take into consideration the type of pitch a match is played on and accordingly define it as a home or away win.

  • on October 7, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    did they ever complain if the pitch was too favourable for the batsmen? this is a discrimination for bowlers!!!! Why doesnt SSC ever get a warning for being a batsmen favourable pitch???