ICC gave its verdict on South Africa’s pitch, may be suspended

The Indian team recently went on a tour of South Africa. Where he played three ODIs, three T20 and two Test matches against South Africa. The performance of the Indian team was excellent during the tour. The Indian team had to face defeat in the first test match played against South Africa. In the second match, the Indian team made a brilliant comeback and won. India’s second test match against South Africa was played at Newlands. The Indian team won this test match by seven wickets. The surprising thing about the second test match was that the test match did not last even for two days. A total of 23 wickets fell on the first day. The South African team, which came to bat first, lost all its wickets and scored a total of 55 runs. Whereas the Indian team could score only 153 runs in the first innings. In the second innings, the South African team scored 176 runs and gave the target of 79 runs to the Indian team. The Indian team achieved this target quite easily. While chasing the easy target, three Indian batsmen lost their wickets. After the end of the series, ICC has given ratings to the Newlands pitch. After the ICC World Test Championship match, the Newlands pitch has been given an ‘unsatisfactory’ rating.

ICC gave unsatisfactory rating

The ICC gave the Newlands pitch an ‘Unsatisfactory’ rating after the low-scoring ICC World Test Championship match between South Africa and India on Monday 8 January. The decision, taken under the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process, comes after Newlands hosted the shortest ever Test match, with a total of 642 balls bowled. Mohammad Siraj took six wickets for 15 runs in nine overs. Mohammed Siraj bowled out South Africa for 55 runs in the first innings, while India took a lead of 98 runs on the basis of his 153 runs. A brilliant counter-attack from Aiden Markram proved insufficient in the third innings as India chased down the target of 79 set by South Africa to win by seven wickets on the second day.

South African cricket may be suspended

In the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process, if a pitch or outfield is rated sub-standard, a certain number of demerit points are allotted to that venue. One demerit point is awarded to venues whose pitch and outfield are deemed unsatisfactory by the match umpire. If a venue reaches six demerit points, it is suspended from hosting any international cricket for 12 months. In case of 12 demerit points, the penalty is 24 months. These points remain active continuously for a period of five years. South African Cricket has 14 days to appeal against the ban.

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