David Lloyd has questioned the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the governing council rated the Ahmedabad pitch for the 3rd Test as ‘average’. The ICC, on Sunday (March 14), rated the much-criticized pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium as ‘average’. Apart from David Lloyd, other former England cricketers including Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook had also criticized the wicket in Motera earlier during play on the 3rd Test.
The 3rd Test between India and England, which was played with the Pink Ball, was wrapped up inside two days as England suffered a crushing defeat by 10 wickets.
David Lloyd: Ahmedabad Pitch Used For 3rd Test Was A Disintegrated Surface From 1st Ball, So It Shouldn’t Have Been Rated Average
Meanwhile, the pitch at the SCG for the third Test between India and Australia was also rated average. On the other hand, the wicket used for the 4th Test between India and England, which was played at the same venue as the 3rd Test, was rated ‘Good’.
“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,” David Lloyd wrote on Twitter.
England Bowled Out For Less Than 120 In Both Innings As The Test Was Shortest Completed Test Since World War II
England was bowled out for 112 and 81 in the Pink-ball Test as the match was completed in just a little over 5 sessions in Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad pitch was subject to intense scrutiny as former England cricketers, including Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook, lashed out at the playing conditions. However, India captain Virat Kohli and the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma defended the pitch.
As many as 27 of the 30 wickets that fell went to spinners as the Pink-ball Test ended in less than 2 days, becoming the shortest completed Test since 1935(World War II). England was bundled out to less than 120 in both innings as India went on to clinch a 10-wicket win and seal a 2-1 lead in the 4-Test series at home.
India bounced back remarkably to win the four-match Test series 3-1 and qualify for the final of the World Test Championship, which will be played in Southampton in June. India will take on Kane Williamson-led New Zealand for the ICC event finale.
After losing the first Test, which went to the fifth day, India won the series 3-1 by winning the last 3 Tests.