Antigua pitch rated as ‘below average’


The Antigua pitch, where West Indies and England played the second Test of the three-match series has been rated as below average.

Consequently, the venue has received one demerit point according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.

Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, who gave the rating, cited the uneven bounce at the southern main pavilion end as the reason for the rating in his report.

In the revised ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, which was introduced on 4 January 2018, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points.

One demerit point will be awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as below average, while three and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.

No demerit point will be awarded when the outfield is rated as below average, but two and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose outfields are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.

Demerit points will remain active for a rolling five-year period.

When a venue accumulates five demerit points (or crosses that threshold), it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months, while a venue will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 24 months when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points.

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  1. A bunch of cry babies the English. So because things didn’t go their way they’re complaining about the pitch? The same pitch they batted and bowled on , the Windies used as well and lick them. They are just shocked and can’t come to grips with the loss. Had they won we wouldn’t be having this discussion. It’s upsetting how they like to denigrate small countries when they can’t get what they want from them. Me too glad dem lose!

  2. Wow! Sore losers?
    I wonder if they had won, whether or not those problems mentioned were present, anything would have been said?
    So what now? No more international matches until …?
    Let’s see how they’ll rate the other pitches.

  3. ICC needs to take some blame as well. They take up for these sides so quickly its not funny. When last you hear West Indies complain about anyone’s pitch? Bunch of cry babies…..they sicken me.

  4. Please everyone, take no notice of the English, they have always been sore losers at sports.

    I am a UK resident, and this is embarrassing.

    Before the series started, this was going to be a walk in the park for the England team; however, they underestimated the will and the growth of this new and vibrant West Indian squad.

    Furthermore, with the series already won this last test is a dead rubber and has no baring on what has gone on before … SOUR GRAPES AGAIN!!!

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