The cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) stated on Wednesday that they will launch a review after the two tests in the West Indies and South Africa were abandoned due to poor ground conditions.
The fourth test match between India and West Indies was branded ‘farcical’ after the home team could bat only 20 overs. For the poor ground condition the match referee didn’t give green signal for continuing the match.
On the other hand the first test between South Africa and New Zealand was called off even though the rain was stopped and sun came out. But the ground condition was not favorable to continue the match as some part of the field stayed soft and muddy.
The ICC released a statement saying that the outfields at Kingsmead, Durban, and Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, have been rated as ‘poor’ by the match referees.
Match referees Andy Pycroft and Ranjan Madugalle filed a report stating that they were ‘concerned’ about the quality of the outfields for the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand, and the fourth Test between the West Indies and India, respectively.
“The reports have been forwarded to Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), who now have 14 days to provide their responses,” the ICC said.
According to ICC regulations, the maximum punishment for a venue which incurs the ‘poor’ rating for the first time is a $15,000 fine, along with a warning and a directive for appropriate corrective action.