The ICC have announced that Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who officiated in the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia in Dhaka from 27 to 30 August, has rated the Shere Bangla National Stadium outfield for that match as “poor.”
Crowe, in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, submitted his report to the ICC in which he expressed concern over the quality of the outfield.
The report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which now has 14 days to provide its response.
The BCB’s response will be reviewed by ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and Ranjan Madugalle from the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
The matter will be decided in accordance with Clause 4 of the process.
The last outfield’s to suffer a poor rating were Kingsmead in South Africa in August 2016 and the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad in the same months both grounds got off with a warning.
The pair repelled the best Australia could throw at them for 11 and a half overs.
All three results are possible, with England ending day four 248 for eight – a lead of 170 runs on a wearing pitch.
Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel shared four wickets in the final hour to peg back England.
England are 170 ahead with two tail-end wickets in hand after a frantic final hour on day four.
The hosts were 168 for three at tea, 54 in front.
England reduced the deficit to 35 before lunch.
Broad was dropped from the series opener against the West Indies as Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer were preferred.
Stand-in captain Ben Stokes kept England in the game with three late wickets on day three.
The captain took four wickets before England closed the day on 15 without loss.
Anderson claimed three for 62 in a typically reliable stint.