New Delhi: After the end of the Pink Ball Test between India and England (IND vs ENG) within 2 days, there was a lot of criticism from the field of Ahmedabad (Pitch). Despite this, there is no possibility of harsh punishment from the ICC as the field of the last test should be batting friendly.
India leads 2-1 in the series of 4 tests and will only have to draw the last test which will take place in Ahmedabad to qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship. There is little chance of having another spin-friendly ground, as the home side don’t want to take any chances on the pitch.
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A senior BCCI official who is aware of the matter said on condition of anonymity: “There is hope for good ground that will be solid and get the same bounce. It will be a friendly batting match and it will be a traditional red ball test match, so a much higher score can be expected here than in the match which takes place March 4-8.
Along with top BCCI officials, team management also understand that another dusty pitch will not be good for the new venue including Indian Premier League (IPL) and ICC T20 World Cup Many matches important things should be organized during the tournament.
The BCCI official said: “ If there are 2 matches on the same venue, you cannot separate a result. Whether the final test takes place and only after that, the ICC will decide its action based on the report of match referee Javagal Srinath. Moreover, the England team have not lodged any official complaints so far.
If there is good and bad land at the same site, the ICC is unlikely to act. India will be happy to name this series 3-1 but the team does not need a favorable ground for the rotation which will give the result, because the draw is enough for that. Moreover, the management of the Indian team does not want a ground on which they have to suffer losses while playing in a very important game.
He said, “The pink ball test was good because it was more tied to the ball. The ball was falling quickly on the pitch when there was no problem on the pitch, as many former England players say. He failed to keep up with straight balls, but throws like this can also be heavy on himself and BCCI are well aware of that.
There will be a change in the team mix for the next Test as Jasprit Bumrah has been cleared out of the next Test for personal reasons. In Mohammed Siraj’s last test, Ishant Sharma is expected to play with the new ball more than Umesh Yadav as all three spinners are almost certain to play. Washington Sundar’s superior punching ability could be crucial for the mid-order in the final test.