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ICC’s ‘punishment’ gets India’s history-making victory pitch

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Criticism has not stopped since the India-South Africa Cape Town Test. These two teams gave birth to the shortest test in cricket history. The five-day Test in Cape Town ended in the second session of the second day. In terms of overs, only 107 overs were played.

In the end, India won the match showing the power of the pacers in South Africa by 7 wickets, and Rohit Sharma’s team also drew the Test series. However, the future of Test cricket has been hotly debated ever since India’s dominant victory. Cape Town was expected to fall under the ICC’s rules after such conduct of the Newlands wicket.

Eventually, the pitch at Newlands in Cape Town was deemed unsatisfactory and given a demerit point. Criticism has been pouring in since the five-day Test ended in two days. As a result of which match referee Chris Broad has submitted his report to ICC about Newlands’ pitch.

There, Broad said, ‘The pitch at Newlands was very difficult for batting. The ball bounced quickly and was a cause for concern at times throughout the match. As a result, the shot was difficult to play. A few hit the batsmen’s gloves and many wickets fell due to awkward bounces.’

Meanwhile, after the Cape Town Test a few days ago, Indian captain Rohit Sharma took a hand from those critics. “We all saw what happened in this Test and how the pitch was,” he said after the match. To be honest, as long as everyone shuts up about India and doesn’t talk about India’s pitch, I don’t mind playing on such a wicket.’ At the same time, Rohit also raised the question whether the ICC will rate the Cape Town pitch from neutral!

The demerit points awarded to Newlands will be for five years. Out of this, 6 demerit points will result in ban from international cricket for one year.


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