India vs England: Motera likely to escape major sanctions from ICC after the Pink ball test.
India vs England: The pitch used in the revamped Narendra Modi Stadium has got much flak recently after the pink ball test ended in two days. While some of the former cricketers and pundits have taken a jibe at the pitch used, some criticised the batters intent and poor defence.
However, unlike the third test, the last test is going to the batsmen’s paradise. With the pitch going to offer for both batters and bowlers, Motera will escape the major sanctions from the ICC after the third test.
India are still in the race of ICC World Test Championship along with Australia. India will play against New Zealand in the final of ICC World Test Championship at Lords if they manage to draw or win the game. While Australia will qualify if India losses the last game.
“Expect a good hard surface which will be firm and even bounce. It will be a batting beauty and since its a traditional red ball match, one can expect a very high scoring contest here from March 4-8,” a senior BCCI official privy to the developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The senior BCCI officials and the members of the management are well aware that two same pitches will not provide good competition and it will not be fair for the revamped stadium which will host several important games ahead.
“After the final test will be over, match referee Javagal Shreenath will decide whether ICC will take an action or not. Also, the English counter-parts have not lodged any official complaints till now.”
If they are two surfaces, one is bad and one is good, then ICC is unlikely to take any actions or impose sanctions. India will be happy to wrap the series with a 2-1 or 3-1 margin. Both win or a draw will fulfil their purpose.
The BCCI and management will also not prepare a surface that will eventually back-fire the Indians.
It will be interesting to see the playing 11 combinations from India as Jasprit Bumrah is unavailable for the game.