India vs England: Ahmedabad pitch for third Test avoids ICC sanction despite game only lasting two days

The Ahmedabad pitch on which India beat England inside two days in February’s third Test has avoided punishment by the International Cricket Council.

Thirty wickets fell inside two days of the pink-ball game as India beat England by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in a series they would go on to win 3-1 to extend their winning run in home Test series to 13.

Match referee Javagal Srinath has given the surface an ‘average’ rating, which means it will not accrue any demerit points.

Sky Sports’ Rob Key was one of a number of pundits to criticise the surface, on which both sides failed to reach 150, with England skittled for 112 and 81 and India making 145 in their first innings.

Venues can be suspended for a year if they pick up five demerit points and for two years if they pick up 10, with demerit points remaining active for a rolling five years.

The ICC gives pitches and outfields one of six ratings – very good, good, average, below average, poor and unfit.

A ‘below average’ rating by the ICC match referee brings one demerit point, a ‘poor’ rating brings three while the lowest rating of ‘unfit’ comes with five.

The pitch for the second Test at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium has also been graded ‘average’ – India won that game by 317 runs on a spin-friendly surface.

The Chennai pitch for the first Test – which England won by 227 runs – has been graded ‘very good’, while the surface for the fourth Test in Ahmedabad – which India won by an innings and 25 runs – has been rated ‘good’.

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