ICC warns Trent Bridge over sub-standard pitch

August 05, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

LONDON: Trent Bridge has been officially warned about its pitch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the first test between England and India last month fizzled out into a run-laden draw.

In a statement yesterday, the ICC said its Pitch Monitoring Process had concluded that the pitch failed to provide a fair contest between bat and ball.

England made 496 in reply to India’s 457 and the match ended early on day five after India declared their second innings on 391 for nine.

“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,” the statement said. The ICC said it took into account the England and Wales Cricket Board’s and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s commitment to relay the wicket ahead of the next international season.