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    March 21, 2006

    What is a substandard pitch?

    A few days after I questioned how no one bothers when a wicket favours only the batsmen, the ICC has announced a pitch monitoring process. The media release says
    The Board has also proposed the first formal pitch-monitoring process for international cricket. This process, which has been adopted with immediate effect, includes potential sanctions ranging from a formal warning to a Member board fine or even suspension of international status for venues that produce substandard pitches.

    The process is be based on the initial report of the Emirates Elite Panel Referee at the ground followed by a review conducted by the ICC General Manager - Cricket, David Richardson, and the Chief Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle (or the Chairman of the Cricket Committee, Sunil Gavaskar, if the Chief Referee produced the initial report). An appeals process is available to the relevant Member board.
    I hope their definition of a 'substandard pitch' also includes ones where the word bowler refers to that tribe whose presence is merely to let the ball go so that the batsman can do whatever he wants with it, since the pitch can easily be taken out of the equation.

    The other interesting announcement was about the ICC deciding to adopt an anti-doping policy compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, beginning from the Champions Trophy later this year.

    An unnamed wag source tells us that such a policy would perhaps result in Shane Warne reconsidering the consideration he is giving to returning to one-dayers.

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