Former England cricketer-turned commentator David Lloyd has questioned the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the game’s governing body rated the controversial third Test pitch at Ahmedabad as ‘average’.
The ICC, on Sunday, announced its rating for the pitches dished out in the recently-concluded four-match Test series between India and England.
While the pitches used for the first and fourth Test were rated as ‘Good’, the tracks employed for the second and third Test in Chennai and Ahmedabad have been rated as ‘average’.
The third Test pitch in what was the first game at the refurbished Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad came in for a lot of criticism after the Test match ended inside two days, becoming the shortest Test since World War II.
England were bowled out for 112 and 81 while India themselves struggled to put up a score as Joe Root wrecked their lower-middle order to register figures of 5-8.
Following the conclusion of the Test, the pitch came in for a lot of criticism from former England cricketers like David Llyod, Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, and many others.
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) March 15, 2021
Reacting to the recent announcement of ICC’s pitch ratings, David Llyod took to his official Twitter account where he wrote:
“One big question for @ICC. If that is an ‘average’ pitch is it ok for all pitches around the world to be just like that with a disintegrated surface from ball one? I don’t expect an answer, by the way,”
One big question for @ICC If that is an ‘average’ pitch is it ok for all pitches around the world to be just like that with a disintegrated surface from ball one ? I don’t expect an answer, by the way https://t.co/aOjR4ROd8b
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) March 16, 2021