Trent Bridge pitch rated 'poor' by Boon

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The first Test between England and India ended in a draw at Trent Bridge as the deck played slow and flat, and match referee David Boon has made the rare call to rate the pitch as 'poor' as a result.

The first Test between England and India ended in a draw at Trent Bridge as the deck played slow and flat, and match referee David Boon has made the rare call to rate the pitch as 'poor' as a result.

Boon, using the current ICC pitch rating system, declared the deck sub-par, a first for an English ground under this system, and the Nottingham venue could face censure from the ICC. They have two weeks to appeal the call.

The statement from the ICC read: "In accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, Mr 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, if a penalty should be imposed in accordance with Clause 4 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process.

"The ICC will make no further comments until Mr Allardice and Mr Madugalle have reached their decision."

The Nottinghamshire response was obviously one of disappointment, with CEO Lisa Pursehouse saying: "We are naturally disappointed to have produced a pitch rated poor, which is at odds with our record of producing consistently good pitches for international matches at Trent Bridge.

"The role of a Test Match Venue groundsman is fraught with immense pressure and variable factors and we are blessed to have one of the very best in Steve Birks.

"We will cooperate fully with this process and re-establish our enduring reputation for producing good cricket wickets."

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