Antigua pitch faces ICC sanction after England loss - reports

By February 06, 2019

As if the suspension of Windies captain Jason Holder was not enough, reports have surfaced that the ICC could possibly sanction the Windies for the state of the Antigua pitch where England were defeated by 10 wickets last week Saturday.

Match referee Jeff Crowe is to decide whether the pitch was up to the required standard.

England were dismissed for scores of 187 and 132 while the West Indies batted once in facing 131 overs to make 306 all out.

There were, however, complaints about uneven bounce wherein a number of batsmen were hit by balls that reared from just back of a length. Other deliveries scooted along the ground like the one that bowled Roston Chase.

Pitches deemed to be 'unfit' are given five demerit points, 'poor' pitches are given three points and 'below average' strips are given one demerit point.

A ground which gets five demerit points over a five-year period is banned for 12 months from hosting international matches while 10 demerit points result in a two-year ban.

 

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