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Everything about Poor Rated Pitch

A lot of buzz going around for the pitch used in 2nd test of India vs England. Few cricket so called experts are going mad over the pitch and calling it as a poor pitch.

First let us understand what is poor rated pitch?

According to ICC ““A Poor pitch is one that does not allow an even contest between bat and ball,” it says, “either by favoring the batters too much, and not giving the bowlers (seam and spin) from either team sufficient opportunity to take wickets, or by favoring the bowlers too much (seam or spin), and not giving the batters from either team the opportunity to make runs”

Yes few balls did explode but Indian batsman has shown if you can show patience and play within your merits you can score run , Rohit Score 150+ , Rahane and Risabh both getting their half centuries clearly shows there is run too in this wicket.

But ICC also stated” a pitch may be rated “poor” if “the pitch offers excessive assistance to spin bowlers, especially early in the match,” before adding some clarifications of varying usefulness.”

The last time ICC rated any pitch poor was in 2018 where ICC rated Wanderers pitch used for IND vs SA where pitch was rated poor for excessively steep and unpredictable bounce‚ and excessive seam movement”, with the game halted on the third evening due to the dangerous nature on the surface, before resuming on day four for India to wrap up victory by 63 runs.” Its very rare when pitch is rated in international cricket.

The Pune pitch that had been rated poor in 2017
PC : WISDEN (Pune pitch that was rated poor in 2017)

match referees give feedback on the pitch and the outfield after every game (irrespective of the format).

There are six categories in the rating system. These are namely, very good, good, average, below average, poor and unfit.

The ICC defines each one of the six rating categories according to its standard conventions. The following are the ICC conventions and definitions for each category of the pitch rating.

  • A pitch is termed ‘very good’ if there is, good carry, limited seam movement and consistent good bounce early in the match and as the pitch wears as the match progresses, with an acceptable amount of turn on the first two days but natural wear sufficient to be responsive to spin later in the game.
  • A pitch is termed ‘good’ if there is, average carry, moderate seam movement and consistent bounce both early in the match and as the pitch wears as the match progresses, natural wear sufficient to be responsive to spin from day 1, though not quite meeting the criteria for carry and bounce for a “very good” pitch.
  • A pitch is termed ‘average’ if it lacks carry, and/or bounce and/or occasional seam movement, but consistent in carry and bounce. A degree of turn, but with average bounce for the spinner. Falling significantly short of “very good” with respect to carry, bounce and turn.
  • A pitch is termed ‘below average’ if there is either very little carry and/or bounce and/or more than occasional seam movement, or occasional variable (but not excessive or dangerous) bounce and/or occasional variable carry. If a pitch demonstrates these features, then the pitch cannot be rated in a higher category regardless of the amount of turn the pitch displays at any stage of the match.
  • A pitch is termed ‘poor’ if it is one that does not allow an even contest between bat and ball, either by favouring the batters too much, and not giving the bowlers (seam and spin) from either team sufficient opportunity to take wickets, or by favouring the bowlers too much (seam or spin), and not giving the batters from either team the opportunity to make runs.If any of the following criteria apply, a pitch may be rated “poor”:
    • If it offers excessive seam movement at any stage of the match
    • The pitch displays excessive unevenness of bounce for any bowler at any stage of the match
    • If the pitch offers excessive assistance to spin bowlers, especially early in the match
    • The pitch displays little or no seam movement or turn at any stage in the match together with no significant bounce or carry, thereby depriving the bowlers of a fair contest between bat and ball.
  • A pitch is termed ‘unfit’ if it is dangerous.

But Chepuk pitch doesn’t seem that bad as indian batsman scoring run and Rohit is displaying example of it.

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