Criticised by all quarters, the Trent Bridge pitch, on which India and England played out a dull draw in their opening Test, was declared “poor” by ICC match referee David Boon on Saturday and ECB could be penalised for it pending an investigation.
In accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, Boon submitted his report to the ICC expressing his concerns over the quality of the pitch. This report has been forwarded to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which now has 14 days to provide its response.
After the ECB has submitted its response, ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC’s chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, will consider all the evidence, including studying video footage of the match, before reaching their decision on whether or not the pitch was poor and if so, a penalty should be imposed in accordance with Clause 4 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process.
The ICC will make no further comments until Allardice and Madugalle have reached their decision.
The Trent Bridge Test was played from July 9 to 13 in which India scored 457 and 391-9dec, while England totalled 496 in its only innings.
England skipper Alastair Cook had criticised the Trent Bridge pitch after his bowlers toiled hard for five days of the Nottingham Test to force a stalemate.
Nottinghamshire head groundsman Steve Birks also apologised for producing a pitch which suited India.