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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned Nottinghamshire for the pitch that was prepared for the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge.
Match referee David Boon called the pitch “poor” and the ICC added that it was “an unacceptable standard for Test cricket”.
Nottinghamshire were lucky not to have been hit with a $US15,000 fine.
The decision was taken by ICC general manager Geoff Allardice and the ICC’s chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle.
“In reaching the verdict, the ICC observed that the pitch did not provide a fair contest between bat and ball throughout, and concluded that the pitch prepared for the match was of an unacceptable standard for Test cricket,” an ICC statement said.
Nottinghamshire chief executive Lisa Pursehouse accepted the ICC’s ruling and noted that the pitch will be relayed before Trent Bridge hosts the fourth Test of next year’s Ashes series on August 6.
“We accept the ruling of the ICC and we now plan to relay our primary Test wicket ahead of our 2015 Investec Ashes Test,” she said. “We’re pleased that our record of producing consistently good pitches for international cricket has been reflected in this judgement. The ECB have been in close contact with our head groundsman throughout this process and I would like to thank them for their ongoing support.”