Sunil Gavaskar Accuses ICC Of Hypocrisy After Indore Pitch Gets Three Demerit Points
Indore Pitch offered significant assistance to the spinners [Source: AP]
On Friday, Australia decimated India by nine wickets in the third Test to register their first win of the four-match series.
Instead of the quality of cricket, a lot of focus was on the Indore pitch, which offered significant assistance to the spinners throughout the game.
After the Test concluded in just over two days, ICC match referee Chris Broad rated the pitch 'poor', handing three demerit points to the venue.
Following the judgement, legendary former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar slammed the hypocrisy of the apex body, which recently rated the pitch used for a Test match between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane as 'below average' with one demerit point under similar circumstances.
Speaking to India Today, Gavaskar alleged the ICC of adopting double standards while rating pitches from different countries, reckoning the Indore track didn't deserve three demerit points as there was nothing dangerous on it for the batters.
Here's what Gavaskar said
"One thing I would like to know, there was this Test match in November in Brisbane Gabba, where the match finished in 2 days. How many demerit points did that pitch get and who was the match referee there,
"I think 3 demerit points is a little harsh, because, in this pitch, yes the ball turned, but it was not dangerous. When Australia get to a score of 77 for the loss of one wicket it actually tells you that the pitch got a lot better."
While India won convincingly on sporting decks in Nagpur and Delhi, the idea of preparing a rank turner in Indore certainly raised a few eyebrows.
With their place in the WTC final yet to be confirmed, it will be interesting to see what kind of a track the hosts dish out for the fourth Test in Ahmedabad commencing on March 9.