Sri Lanka’s Galle Test pitch poor -ICC

Sept 05, Galle: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday announced that the dusty pitch prepared for the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Australia has been rated as poor by the ICC Match Referee Chris Broad, who officiated in the Test.

In a press release, the ICC said its General Manager – Cricket, David Richardson, and the ICC’s chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle will now consider all the evidence, including studying video footage of the match and submissions from the host Member Board, before reaching their decision in due course.

Australia won the first Test match played from August 31 to September 3 against Sri Lanka at Galle by 125 runs. During the match 40 wickets fell in under four days, 16 of them on the second day, for 841 runs in 289.5 overs,

“In accordance with the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, which came into effect in 2006 and which applies to all Tests, ODIs and T20Is, Mr. Broad submitted a report to the ICC expressing his concerns over the quality of the pitch,” the ICC said in a statement.

Under clause 3, 4 and 5 of the regulations governing the process, the ICC has provided Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) with a copy of Mr. Broad’s report and requested the SLC to respond. The SLC has now has 14 days to provide a reply to the ICC’s request, it said.

The ICC said it will make no further comments until Richardson and Madugalle have reached their decision.

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