ICC also approved Rohit Sharma’s statement, gave a big decision regarding Cape Town pitch

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ICC also approved Rohit Sharma’s statement, gave a big decision regarding Cape Town pitch

ICC Sanctions on Cape Town Pitch:The pitch of the second Test played between India and South Africa in Cape Town has been rated ‘unsatisfactory’ by the International Cricket Council (ICC). This test match was over in just two days. This was the shortest match in Test history. This test match was over in only 642 balls. 33 wickets had fallen within two days. South Africa was all out twice while India achieved the target of 79 runs with the loss of 3 wickets.

This decision has come under the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process, in which match referee Chris Broad has expressed concern about the nature of the wicket at Newlands (Cape Town). After winning the second Test, captain Rohit Sharma had also criticized the Cape Town pitch and had said that if the same Test match had ended in two days in India, there would have been a lot of uproar and debate on it everywhere.

CSA has 14 days time
Match referee Chris Broad said, “The Newlands pitch was very difficult to bat on. The ball bounced quickly and sometimes dangerously throughout the match, making shots difficult. The ball hit the gloves of many batsmen and wickets also fell due to the strange bounce." Cricket South Africa will have 14 days to appeal against this decision of ICC.

How do venues get demerit points?
According to the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process, demerit points are awarded if a pitch or outfield is deemed substandard or unsatisfactory. One demerit point is awarded to a venue whose pitch and outfield are deemed unsatisfactory by the match referee.

If a venue has 6 demerit points added to its account, it is suspended from hosting any international cricket for 12 months. In case of 12 demerit points the ban doubles to 24 months or two years. It is important to note that demerit points have a fixed time limit. These expire after 5 years.

ICC rates pitches on 5 basis. There are very good, good, average, below average, poor and unsuitable.

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