ICC warn Trent Bridge over ‘poor’ Test pitch

The ICC warn Nottinghamshire over the Trent Bridge pitch for the first Test match between England and India

By Sam Rogers

The pitch prepared at Trent Bridge for the first Test match between England and India has been deemed poor by the International Cricket Council but Nottinghamshire have avoided a fine.

Having described the pitch as “an unacceptable standard for Test cricket”, the ICC were well within their rights to fine the county up to $US15,000 but decided against the financial hit on the strength of the previous wickets prepared at the ground in the past.

An ICC statement noted: “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 was of an unacceptable standard for Test cricket.”

It is the first time an international surface in the UK has been deemed poor by the ICC grading system and while the county avoided a fine, should they suffer a repeat performance in the next five years, an automatic $US 30,000 sanction will be imposed.

Nottinghamshire Chief Executive, Lisa Pursehouse confirmed that the pitch will be relayed before hosting next year’s Ashes series, where they host the fourth Test from 6 August.

“We accept the ruling of the ICC and we now plan to relay our primary Test wicket ahead of our 2015 Investec Ashes Test,” Pursehouse said.

“We are pleased that our record of consistently good pitches for International cricket has been reflected in the judgement.

“The ECB have been in close contact with out head groundsman throughout this process and I would like to thank them for their ongoing support.”

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