Kotla pitch fiasco January 21, 2010

Kotla gets 2010 blackout but WC reprieve

Cricinfo staff
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The Feroz Shah Kotla will not host any international match until the end of this year following the ICC's report that the pitch on which the abandoned ODI between India and Sri Lanka was played last month was "dangerous" and should be classified "unfit". The ICC report, released on Thursday after a high-level inquiry, means the Kotla ground will be able to host matches during the 2011 World Cup.

An ICC release said: "Following the conclusion of a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the abandonment of a one-day international match between India and Sri Lanka on 27 December 2009, the ICC confirms that no international cricket will be played at the New Delhi ground until the end of December 2010."

The inquiry, carried out by Dave Richardson, the ICC's general manager of cricket, and its chief referee Ranjan Madugalle, corroborated the findings of match referee Alan Hurst as reported at the time. Hurst was reported to have classified the Kotla pitch used in that one-dayer as "unfit", the harshest possible assessment. The match had been called off after 23.3 overs during which Sri Lankan players received several blows due to severely varying bounce.

In today's statement Richardson explained the rationale behind the ban, which the world body arrived at after studying footage of the match, and based on reports from the match referee and the BCCI. "The frequency of the misbehaving deliveries [on average just more than one every three overs] - and the excessive degree of variation - had the potential to inflict serious injury to the batsmen," he said, "and that therefore the pitch that was prepared for the above match was 'dangerous' and should therefore be classified as 'unfit'."

He also pointed out that this was the first time the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch had been rated as unfit and that the ground has a long history of successfully hosting international cricket - and that it was scheduled to host matches at the 2011 World Cup.

The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) welcomed the decision as the Kotla was not scheduled to host any international matches till December 2010. Chetan Chauhan, the DDCA vice-president and former India Test player, said, "We don't consider this a ban, but officially we can say that the Feroz Shah Kotla has been 'banned'. We are not hosting any matches till the end of December 2010 and we have BCCI's assurance on that."

Chauhan also indicated that the DDCA was already working on improving the track and welcomed the ICC's decision to send its curator to help in the process. "Venkat Sundaram is already working on getting the tracked fixed for the IPL and then after the event gets over we will get assistance from ICC's pitch consultant in further improving the pitch's condition so that we will be ready for the World Cup."

The ICC's chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, was also certain that Delhi would get its act together before the World Cup came along. "We are confident that there is ample time for the necessary remedial work to be carried out ahead of next year's World Cup," he said, "and it is important now that the work should be carried out and domestic cricket played on the pitch to make sure it returns to the standards required for high-level international cricket."

The problem with the Kotla pitch - which has already been relaid four times in the last five years under four different curators - stems from the decision, taken immediately after the second IPL was shifted to South Africa, to relay the entire square. Daljit Singh, the head of the BCCI's grounds and wickets committee until it was disbanded following the ODI debacle, had said in October that it would take a year for the relaid tracks to get seasoned.

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  • NeelaGopi on January 22, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @Murtaza83 ur comment "the 11 players selected for the auction were hand picked by the ipl franchises" -- u miss a point here... every franchise gives a list of players it is interested in hiring in a order of preference... say, Franchise X gives a list of 10 international players it is interested in hiring in a particular order of preference... there is chance that PAK players may not be on top of the list... also every franchise has a chance to hire 2 international players... but there are 65+ available for auction... also franchises are paranoid about the availability of PAK players, hence PAK players may not be on top of list... because the available slots are less (1 or 2) and also $750,000 limit... franchises are not able to hire more int'l players... hence a lot of players are left... its purely capitalistic scenario... no franchise want to give high preference to players when they are not sure of availability of players and eventually lose matches and money... Try to understand

  • paulantony on January 22, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I dont seem to understand why everyone is hell bent on blaming the BCCI, I cant even remember a single instance of BCCI misusing its clout. India emerging as a cricketing superpower is in fact good for the game. Agreed the Kotla Fiasco should not have happened but who dosent make mistakes. Its good that ICC has not banned Kotla from hosting World Cup matches, it would have been a shame to see the Capital city not hosting a match.

  • Murtaza83 on January 22, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    I figure it is rude, since my last comment did not include mention of the article I was writing it under. Pretty simple here, money talks, BCCI gets what it wants. We the fans are supposed to believe that some 'action' has actually been taken, who didn't see this coming though. I completely agree with the Lankan fans here, Chetan Chauhan should issue an official apology for bringing the intergrity of the Sri Lankan team and captain under scrutiny. It was a low blow, the way it was played down and ignored by the ICC is disgraceful. These are very dark times in Cricket.

  • Murtaza83 on January 22, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    @NYSIkh, you obviously have no idea what the outcry is about in this IPL fiasco. Firstly, its about cricket, what you say clearly suggests politics governing the state of the game. Secondly, the 11 players selected for the auction were hand picked by the ipl franchises, they showed keen interest in acquiring their services. Something happened in the course of two weeks that changed these 'strategic' decisions. I imagine the cause wasn't cricket related. Lastly, you are one of the select few ignorant/extremist people from India, who have a hatred towards Pakistani's and their cricketers. Most of us Pakistani's are appreciative of the cricketing talent in India, and cricket lovers and purists in india have the same respect for Pakistani Cricketers. You need to come back down to earth bud, something to think about.

  • NeelaGopi on January 22, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Bangladesh's strength is in its bowling so they make pitches suit bowling... India's strength is batting so India makes pitches suit for batting... that's why you feel Bangladesh pitches are more balance between bat and ball... that's why it is called as 'home advantage'... We do have quality curators... when India wanted spin pitch against SA the curator provided one...

    Also, in the test series against SriLanka... Indian bowlers bowled out SL in two tests in two innings... How about that? If Indians play well and SL cannot bowl well... please don't blame it on pitch...

    This is one off incident... and it duly got the punishment it deserved!

    IPL is domestic matter... ICC has nothing to do with... Delhi is home of Delhi Daredevils team... and the franchise definitely would like to have home games to make money and to please sponsors... making a good new pitch is not gonna take years!

  • randikaayya on January 22, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Even Bangladesh, the newest test playing nation and possibly one of the least well off cricket boards can prepare pitches of international quality that produce a decent contest between bat and ball as we see in the recent triangular and the test. Then why cannot the almighty, benevolent, "charitable" BCCI afford half decent groundsmen and facilities to promote cricket. Like their name suggests they are more interested in CONTROLLING the game rather than promoting it!

  • NYSIKH on January 22, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    Hammad, Are you jealous that India is the cricket powerhouse. IPL is an indian league and it will do whatever is good for them. Why would any franchise bid on Pakistan players and create anger in Indian public against their franchise. No one is stopping Pakistan to become the cricket powerhouse. go try. By the way India is the only asian country that is standing against discrimnation in and off the cricket field and enforcing it's right. I hope you remember when Australians tried to drop Harbhajan Singh in Australia.

  • cricketforpeace on January 22, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    With respect to the ban on international matches at Kotla in 2010, Chetan Chauhan, DDCA vice-president says:"We will still host all our IPL matches in March and April." This statement alone speaks of the mentality of the cricketing officials with regard to producing quality cricket grounds in India. Ban or no ban, the DDCA officials should have spent untiring efforts towards producing a quality cricketing pitch before allowing any match to take place there-even a domestic Ranji Trophy match.It does not matter if they take more than one year for this to occur.It only shows we do look for excellence in anything we do. Cosmetic changes will occur at the Kotla, the same shameful cricketing officials will continue to rule the roost while we wait for history to repeat itself!

  • singhinderjit95 on January 22, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    what are Delhi Cricket BOARD and BCCI Doing. Why they just don't replace the pitch with a new pitch

  • DwightR on January 22, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    i think the indian official that called the sri lankan team cowards owes them an apology and should be eating his words..and ICC is so gutless that it convinently bans the ground during a time frame when no matches are schdules and also allows Kotla to host matches during the WC the most important tournament in our sport. the ICC's current management is all about pleasing the BCCI and their money rather than truly improving and expanding the game. disgusting...

  • NeelaGopi on January 22, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @Murtaza83 ur comment "the 11 players selected for the auction were hand picked by the ipl franchises" -- u miss a point here... every franchise gives a list of players it is interested in hiring in a order of preference... say, Franchise X gives a list of 10 international players it is interested in hiring in a particular order of preference... there is chance that PAK players may not be on top of the list... also every franchise has a chance to hire 2 international players... but there are 65+ available for auction... also franchises are paranoid about the availability of PAK players, hence PAK players may not be on top of list... because the available slots are less (1 or 2) and also $750,000 limit... franchises are not able to hire more int'l players... hence a lot of players are left... its purely capitalistic scenario... no franchise want to give high preference to players when they are not sure of availability of players and eventually lose matches and money... Try to understand

  • paulantony on January 22, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I dont seem to understand why everyone is hell bent on blaming the BCCI, I cant even remember a single instance of BCCI misusing its clout. India emerging as a cricketing superpower is in fact good for the game. Agreed the Kotla Fiasco should not have happened but who dosent make mistakes. Its good that ICC has not banned Kotla from hosting World Cup matches, it would have been a shame to see the Capital city not hosting a match.

  • Murtaza83 on January 22, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    I figure it is rude, since my last comment did not include mention of the article I was writing it under. Pretty simple here, money talks, BCCI gets what it wants. We the fans are supposed to believe that some 'action' has actually been taken, who didn't see this coming though. I completely agree with the Lankan fans here, Chetan Chauhan should issue an official apology for bringing the intergrity of the Sri Lankan team and captain under scrutiny. It was a low blow, the way it was played down and ignored by the ICC is disgraceful. These are very dark times in Cricket.

  • Murtaza83 on January 22, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    @NYSIkh, you obviously have no idea what the outcry is about in this IPL fiasco. Firstly, its about cricket, what you say clearly suggests politics governing the state of the game. Secondly, the 11 players selected for the auction were hand picked by the ipl franchises, they showed keen interest in acquiring their services. Something happened in the course of two weeks that changed these 'strategic' decisions. I imagine the cause wasn't cricket related. Lastly, you are one of the select few ignorant/extremist people from India, who have a hatred towards Pakistani's and their cricketers. Most of us Pakistani's are appreciative of the cricketing talent in India, and cricket lovers and purists in india have the same respect for Pakistani Cricketers. You need to come back down to earth bud, something to think about.

  • NeelaGopi on January 22, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Bangladesh's strength is in its bowling so they make pitches suit bowling... India's strength is batting so India makes pitches suit for batting... that's why you feel Bangladesh pitches are more balance between bat and ball... that's why it is called as 'home advantage'... We do have quality curators... when India wanted spin pitch against SA the curator provided one...

    Also, in the test series against SriLanka... Indian bowlers bowled out SL in two tests in two innings... How about that? If Indians play well and SL cannot bowl well... please don't blame it on pitch...

    This is one off incident... and it duly got the punishment it deserved!

    IPL is domestic matter... ICC has nothing to do with... Delhi is home of Delhi Daredevils team... and the franchise definitely would like to have home games to make money and to please sponsors... making a good new pitch is not gonna take years!

  • randikaayya on January 22, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Even Bangladesh, the newest test playing nation and possibly one of the least well off cricket boards can prepare pitches of international quality that produce a decent contest between bat and ball as we see in the recent triangular and the test. Then why cannot the almighty, benevolent, "charitable" BCCI afford half decent groundsmen and facilities to promote cricket. Like their name suggests they are more interested in CONTROLLING the game rather than promoting it!

  • NYSIKH on January 22, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    Hammad, Are you jealous that India is the cricket powerhouse. IPL is an indian league and it will do whatever is good for them. Why would any franchise bid on Pakistan players and create anger in Indian public against their franchise. No one is stopping Pakistan to become the cricket powerhouse. go try. By the way India is the only asian country that is standing against discrimnation in and off the cricket field and enforcing it's right. I hope you remember when Australians tried to drop Harbhajan Singh in Australia.

  • cricketforpeace on January 22, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    With respect to the ban on international matches at Kotla in 2010, Chetan Chauhan, DDCA vice-president says:"We will still host all our IPL matches in March and April." This statement alone speaks of the mentality of the cricketing officials with regard to producing quality cricket grounds in India. Ban or no ban, the DDCA officials should have spent untiring efforts towards producing a quality cricketing pitch before allowing any match to take place there-even a domestic Ranji Trophy match.It does not matter if they take more than one year for this to occur.It only shows we do look for excellence in anything we do. Cosmetic changes will occur at the Kotla, the same shameful cricketing officials will continue to rule the roost while we wait for history to repeat itself!

  • singhinderjit95 on January 22, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    what are Delhi Cricket BOARD and BCCI Doing. Why they just don't replace the pitch with a new pitch

  • DwightR on January 22, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    i think the indian official that called the sri lankan team cowards owes them an apology and should be eating his words..and ICC is so gutless that it convinently bans the ground during a time frame when no matches are schdules and also allows Kotla to host matches during the WC the most important tournament in our sport. the ICC's current management is all about pleasing the BCCI and their money rather than truly improving and expanding the game. disgusting...

  • Elgoog2345 on January 22, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Its about time. The whole pitch square looked bad during the champions league and now they should sack the curator and get someone half decent foe the job.

  • DocBindra on January 21, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    I am sure if the Pak players were allowed in the IPL, Raja would not be worried about international policemen and Miandad would not be worried about Test cricket's future (interesting timing...don't you think?).

  • DocBindra on January 21, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    I am the first one to admit, that the pitch was not good but lets not act like its the end of the world. If there are no matches scheduled there how is it ICC's fault? ICC has a lot invested in the WC and correct me if I am wrong, but Delhi is India's capital and its imperative to have a match played there. For all the know it all's, if you think ICC is scared of BCCI, so be it, if some think its because Indian Cricket has too much power so be it. I think ICC is smart to keep their interests intact instead of a non sensical confrontation. Its not like the pitch was prepared badly on purpose, it happens as they have been trying to replace the old turf. Give them credit for atleast trying to make a sporting pitch instead of a 800+ run batting paradise...damned if you do, damned if you don't. Just sounds like sour grapes to me.

  • Sunny-Bhai on January 21, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Oh crap!!And I was hoping DDCA should be taught a lesson much stronger then this ban. Come on Mr.Dave Richardson I'm sure you could have done a much better job then this, at least it would have helped to throw Chetan Chauhan out. But all Dave Richardson did is he covered the ongoing corruption within DDCA. I'm a Delhite myself but this incidence has kept us in shame when a team decides to walk out & all ICC could do is give them a useless ban which doesn't matter. I agrees with what Faisal Malik & Hammad Fayyaz said, it is definately an eye wash. I support what Kirti Azad said & earlier Sehwag voiced out the ongoing cruption in DDCA. I have seen Chetan Chauhan's bossy attitude myself & his habit of putting his nose where it doesn't belong & now all that gets covered by Mr.Dave Richardson & Mr.Rajan Madugalle. WTG ICC panel & hats off to BCCI, money definately talks & when it comes to BCCI they have lots of it to make a whole long speech of it.

  • faisalnoor70 on January 21, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    ICC is a salve of BCCI. Here is what I think happened, ICC first thought abt banning the ground from hosting WC matches, then BCCI showed them the strong hand and ICC bigwigs just sat in the corner and asked BCCI what shoud be done, the BCCI said find a middle way where we can still host WC matches in the ground. ICC said that you can come up with a plan and we would just endorse it. BCCI said lets not play anymore here till before of the WC, but WC must be played here, ICC said "yes boss". I think ICC salaries are also paid by BCCI, it looks like.

  • Tijara on January 21, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    I think that the ICC decision is okay. If a pitch is bad than it should only be banned till it is improved again and that can be done in a years time. There is no need for a punishment as there is also no crime. Any court will judge in the same way.

  • AminZ on January 21, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    ICC is more like an extension of BCCI which is an extension of Indian politics .. very unfortunate for the game itself!

  • NeelaGopi on January 21, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Any thing that happens w.r.t. India is seen as 'not Fair', saying money rules. Please try to look things in correct perspective.

    If 'money rules' why does players from India (rather subcontinent) get severe punishment when compared to Aus or Eng players for sledging, misbehavior, etc?

    We don't know what report said, and may be ICC followed the rules and banned Kotla for an year.

  • crikkfan on January 21, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Cybertox good video - thx for posting that. I dont think Kotla is in the same league - becuase it is Ambrose and Walsh making it much more worse for the Pommies along with the pitch!

  • psw82 on January 21, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    This is really not good.. they should have banned domestic games atleast for 6 months..

  • Rahulbose on January 21, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    The toothless tiger ICC lets out a meow, what a cop out. There are no matches scheduled till Dec 2010 so lets ban until that time. BCCI and DDCA must be laughing their pot bellies off.

  • karim_s on January 21, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    The more important question is: why is a such a big issue if a pitch has inconsistent bounce. Even a monkey can swing a bat and score runs if the ball is going to be in the same spot every time. I'm not indian and do NOT support the BCCI, but I say we need more pitches like the Kotla pitch that day. Then, heaven forbid, bastman might actually have to watch the ball in order to score runs

  • monty_lee on January 21, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Being an Indian myself, I feel its a shame that India is producing this kind of cricket pitches. Few days back boycott in bowl at boycs pointed out that ground staffs are not paid well! I totally agree with this comment. Its really a shame on BCCI, because they are the richest cricket board. BCCI should try to help improving cricket standard rather than increasing their own bank balance. Well, at the end what would you expect from a cricket board that is run by "politicians".

  • salmish on January 21, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    dats unfaair.According to icc rules and regulations if the pitch is not up to international standard they ground should be banned for 2 years.but how can icc do dat.coz they r hosting 4 matches of world cup on the same ground.so to show the world icc banned it for 1 year.the world is happy and india too.they saved the world cup matches.which is totally unfair by icc. ramiz raja said right indians are providing money to icc so how they can do any thing against indian.

  • chandau on January 21, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Ditto Hammad, ICC is a toothless Tiger that cannot confront BCCI. So it has covered its rear by issuing a non consequential ban. Who will take responsibility when there is a match at Kotla that will end like the 1996 SL v IN semi final???

  • LazyPlayer on January 21, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Well, I think ban on Kotla is unjustified. I don't know why the people who were making a hue and cry after 800+ match between India and Sri Lanka, cry foul when pitch was giving assistance to fast bowlers. And please, if same pitch was there in Antigua, Perth or Durban people who have said, that's the kind of pitch cricket needs.

    And Miandad dude, "grapes are indeed sour!"

  • Naveedjan on January 21, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    It's good move. The grounds like this must be banned forever.

  • Cybertox on January 21, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    For those of you who think that this game shouldn't have been called off because of a few bruises..... watch this vid- www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUoc7VSlXcA Mind you, this was back then, when the pitch was supposed to be uneven by default. In the end the game was called off too.

  • faisalamalik on January 21, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    What an eyewash! Is this really a punishment? Immediately after the match the DDCA official calling Sangrakara a chicken for opting out of the match for safty of his players? Yet a inconsequential ban has been imposed on ground. If ICC had any ethical or moral courage it should have banned the stadium till after the WC or atleast imposed the ban or all matches involving international players (like IPL). But we all now that money rules!

  • Hammad.Fayyaz on January 21, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    What so good in that? It will still be hosting IPL matches and next year WC matches will also be played on this ground. I think they will just loose an ODI and/or a test at max because of this ban. To sum it up all.... it is just another POWER PLAY by BCCI. Ramiz Raja has rightly said that "India are a cricket powerhouse, the international policeman of the game. Nothing moves without their consent."

  • Homer2007 on January 21, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Its a fair and reasonable call. They could not have banned the Kotla for any length of period longer than the Vivian Richards Stadium and had they not done anything, the ICC would have stood accused of bending over backwards to the BCCI.

    Its good to see the ICC explaining the rationale behind the ban - wish they would be equally forthcoming on other cricketing decisions taken by their employees ( match referees in particular).

    The only sticking point in this whole issue has been David Morgan's utterances vis a vis the Kotla. Does the ICC have procedures in place to penalize office bearers for trying to presuppose the outcomes of the established processes, thereby undermining the said processes?

    Cheers,

  • IPL_is_Thrash on January 21, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I don't know whether this is judgment is right or not. But from Kotla's point of view it is big doom in its forward steps. This BCCI and other Cricket Officials are more interested looting money from that boring, meaningless IPL and least interested in improving domestic standards. Time is up to dissolve BCCI and create a system which can look into improving standards of Pithes and Cricketers.

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  • IPL_is_Thrash on January 21, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I don't know whether this is judgment is right or not. But from Kotla's point of view it is big doom in its forward steps. This BCCI and other Cricket Officials are more interested looting money from that boring, meaningless IPL and least interested in improving domestic standards. Time is up to dissolve BCCI and create a system which can look into improving standards of Pithes and Cricketers.

  • Homer2007 on January 21, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Its a fair and reasonable call. They could not have banned the Kotla for any length of period longer than the Vivian Richards Stadium and had they not done anything, the ICC would have stood accused of bending over backwards to the BCCI.

    Its good to see the ICC explaining the rationale behind the ban - wish they would be equally forthcoming on other cricketing decisions taken by their employees ( match referees in particular).

    The only sticking point in this whole issue has been David Morgan's utterances vis a vis the Kotla. Does the ICC have procedures in place to penalize office bearers for trying to presuppose the outcomes of the established processes, thereby undermining the said processes?

    Cheers,

  • Hammad.Fayyaz on January 21, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    What so good in that? It will still be hosting IPL matches and next year WC matches will also be played on this ground. I think they will just loose an ODI and/or a test at max because of this ban. To sum it up all.... it is just another POWER PLAY by BCCI. Ramiz Raja has rightly said that "India are a cricket powerhouse, the international policeman of the game. Nothing moves without their consent."

  • faisalamalik on January 21, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    What an eyewash! Is this really a punishment? Immediately after the match the DDCA official calling Sangrakara a chicken for opting out of the match for safty of his players? Yet a inconsequential ban has been imposed on ground. If ICC had any ethical or moral courage it should have banned the stadium till after the WC or atleast imposed the ban or all matches involving international players (like IPL). But we all now that money rules!

  • Cybertox on January 21, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    For those of you who think that this game shouldn't have been called off because of a few bruises..... watch this vid- www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUoc7VSlXcA Mind you, this was back then, when the pitch was supposed to be uneven by default. In the end the game was called off too.

  • Naveedjan on January 21, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    It's good move. The grounds like this must be banned forever.

  • LazyPlayer on January 21, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Well, I think ban on Kotla is unjustified. I don't know why the people who were making a hue and cry after 800+ match between India and Sri Lanka, cry foul when pitch was giving assistance to fast bowlers. And please, if same pitch was there in Antigua, Perth or Durban people who have said, that's the kind of pitch cricket needs.

    And Miandad dude, "grapes are indeed sour!"

  • chandau on January 21, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Ditto Hammad, ICC is a toothless Tiger that cannot confront BCCI. So it has covered its rear by issuing a non consequential ban. Who will take responsibility when there is a match at Kotla that will end like the 1996 SL v IN semi final???

  • salmish on January 21, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    dats unfaair.According to icc rules and regulations if the pitch is not up to international standard they ground should be banned for 2 years.but how can icc do dat.coz they r hosting 4 matches of world cup on the same ground.so to show the world icc banned it for 1 year.the world is happy and india too.they saved the world cup matches.which is totally unfair by icc. ramiz raja said right indians are providing money to icc so how they can do any thing against indian.

  • monty_lee on January 21, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Being an Indian myself, I feel its a shame that India is producing this kind of cricket pitches. Few days back boycott in bowl at boycs pointed out that ground staffs are not paid well! I totally agree with this comment. Its really a shame on BCCI, because they are the richest cricket board. BCCI should try to help improving cricket standard rather than increasing their own bank balance. Well, at the end what would you expect from a cricket board that is run by "politicians".