ICC bans Kotla till December 2010

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ICC bans Kotla till December 2010

Post by ESPN » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:41 pm

ICC bans Kotla till December 2010
The International Cricket Council have decided that Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is "unfit" to host any international cricket this year.
An ICC investigation was convened following the abandonment of a one-day international between India and Sri Lanka at the ground on December 27 due to concerns over the unpredictable nature of the pitch.
ICC receives BCCI report on Kotla fiasco
As part of that investigation the governing body formalised an undertaking from the Board of Control for Cricket in India that that there would be no top-level cricket at the venue in 2010, but the ICC remain committed to helping the ground take its place on the roster for the 2011 World Cup.
An ICC pitch consultant will inspect the surface and oversee a remedial programme to ensure its fitness for use at next year's international showcase.
ICC's general manager of cricket David Richardson and chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle made the decision after assessing submissions from all relevant parties.
Richardson said: "We understand that turf pitches, by their very nature, are not and cannot be expected to always behave predictably and that an occasional delivery of unexpected steep bounce, while not ideal especially for limited-overs cricket, is part of the game.
“Kotla was to dangerous to play”
"In this instance, however, we are of the view that the frequency of the misbehaving deliveries (on average just more than one every three overs) - and the excessive degree of variation - had the potential to inflict serious injury to the batsmen and that therefore the pitch that was prepared for the above match was dangerous and should therefore be classified as 'unfit'.
"We acknowledge and endorse the decision by the BCCI not to schedule any international cricket at the ground prior to the end of 2010, which is consistent with our own finding and within the parameters of the relevant regulations that apply.
"While the pitch was unfit for international cricket, it is also worth bearing in mind that it is the first time the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch has been rated as unfit, that the ground has a long history of successfully hosting international cricket and that it is scheduled to host matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011."
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat added: "We are confident that there is ample time for the necessary remedial work to be carried out ahead of next year's ICC Cricket World Cup and it is important now that the work should be carried out and domestic cricket played on the pitch to make sure it returns to the standards required for high-level international cricket."

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