The Indian cricket board will point to the alleged inconsistencies in the match referee Jeff Crowe’s report, which rated the Nagpur pitch as poor, in its reply to the ICC.
According to a top BCCI official, the Crowe’s report states that the ball spun from Day One, while going on to add that there was excessive turn on Day Three.
“There are inconsistencies in the ICC match referee’s report. Something like ‘excessive turn’ is subjective. It is not that the report is saying there was ‘excessive turn’ on the first day itself. I don’t think there was anything wrong with the surface,” the BCCI official said on Tuesday.
The Nagpur Test finished inside three days with the highest score being a first innings 40 made by opener Murali Vijay in the first innings. Moreover, South Africa collapsed for 79 in the first innings, the lowest score against India in Test cricket.
The ICC match referee’s rating was received last week and the BCCI had a fortnight to reply to it. While the Indian team, including director Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli defended the pitch, the ICC match referee’s rating proved to be a victory dampener.
“I have said this before, wherever you go to play in the world, you’ve got to be prepared to face those conditions and tune your game accordingly. I don’t know why is there so much hype created around the issue,” Kohli had said.
Shastri had gone to the extent to state that he would have liked to see a similar pitch in Delhi too.
“Nothing wrong with it,” Shastri had said. “I would hope the one in Delhi is absolutely the same. I have no qualms about it. It just goes to show that with the amount of ODI cricket being played, the tendency to graft, the tendency to spend long hours at the crease is diminishing,” Shastri had told ESPN Cricinfo.