Dhaka outfield rated “Poor” by ICC Match Referee

 

The International Cricket Council (ICC)  announced that Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who officiated in the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia in Dhaka from 27 to 30 August, has rated the Shere Bangla National Stadium outfield for that match as “poor.”

In accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, Jeff submitted his report to the ICC in which he expressed concern over the quality of the outfield. The report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which now has 14 days to provide its response. The BCB’s response will be reviewed by ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and Ranjan Madugalle from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. The matter will be decided in accordance with Clause 4 of the process.

REPORT

3.1 At the conclusion of each Match, the Match Referee will complete a Pitch and Outfield Report and send it to the ICC Cricket Operations Manager. 

3.2 The Pitch and Outfield Report Form will be compiled and will include comments on the pitch and outfield from the captains of the two teams who played and the umpires who officiated in the relevant Match.

3.3 If the Match Referee’s pitch and outfield report rates a pitch and/or outfield as Substandard the ICC shall write to the Home Board within 5 days of receipt of the Match Referee’s pitch and outfield report, enclosing a copy of such report and asking for a written report on the condition of  the pitch and/or outfield including any extenuating circumstances which may have existed. The Home Board report can include comments from the relevant Ground Authority.

3.4 The Home Board will be required to submit its report to ICC within 14 days of receipt of the letter from ICC sent in accordance with paragraph 3.3.

3.5 The Match Referee’s report and the Home Board’s report will be passed to the ICC General Manager – Cricket and the ICC Chief Referee (if the ICC Chief Referee was the Match Referee in the first instance then the matter shall be dealt with by the Chairman of Cricket Committee) together with a copy of the video of the Match. Together they will consider the same and make a decision as to whether the pitch and/or outfield was Substandard or not. If they should decide that the pitch and/or outfield was Substandard they shall impose an appropriate penalty in accordance  with 4 below.

4. SANCTIONS FOR SUBSTANDARD PITCHES AND/OR OUTFIELDS.

4.1 In respect to pitches and/or outfields rated as “poor”, the following penalty shall be imposed:

1st occasion – A warning and / or a fine not exceeding USD 15,000 given together with a directive for appropriate corrective action.
2nd or further occasions within a period of 5 years of the previous finding – A fine not exceeding USD 30,000 given together with a directive for appropriate corrective action.

4.2 In respect to pitches and/or outfields rated as “unfit”, the following penalties shall be imposed:

  •  1st occasion – A suspension of the Host Venue’s status to host International Cricket for a period of between 12 and 24 months together with a directive for appropriate corrective action. Following the expiry of the period of suspension, the Home Board shall arrange, at its cost, for the Venue to  be inspected by the ICC and re-accredited as a venue capable of hosting International Cricket. No venue shall be permitted to host any International Cricket until such time as it has been so re-accredited.
  • 2nd or further occasion within a period of 5 years of the previous finding – A suspension of the Host Venue’s status to host International Cricket for a period of between 24 and 36 months  together with a directive for appropriate corrective action. Following the expiry of the period of suspension, the Home Board shall arrange, at its cost, for the Host Venue to be inspected by the ICC and re-accredited as a venue capable of hosting International Cricket. No venue shall be permitted to host any International Cricket until such time as it has been so re-accredited.
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