The Indore Test between India and Australia lasted just three days. Australia went on to win the game by nine wicketgs but the pitch, which was the centre of attention for the duration, received a poor rating from the ICC and now stands a chance of being suspended.
However, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) president Abhilash Khandekar has however clarified that the state association did not have anything to do with the pitch, but curators from the BCCI had arrived few days before the game to get it ready.
“Two curators from BCCI had come eight to ten days before the match. The pitch was prepared under their supervision. The MPCA had no role in making the pitch,” the MPCA chief told Times of India.
“I want to make it clear that just like any other state board association in international matches, MPCA has no role in making the pitch. BCCI curators come and they get the direction from BCCI along with the Indian team management.”
Khandekar is however unfazed when it comes to criticism around the pitch, reminding everyone of the fact that the first and second Test in Nagpur and Delhi respectively finished inside three days as well.
“As far as match finishing in three days is concerned, we have seen such of matches in Nagpur and Delhi also. There has been criticism of the pitch but if you will see the post-match conference, both captains have supported the pitch so we have nothing to add,” Khandekar said.
After a drubbing in the first two games, Australia under Steven Smith bounced back well in Indore to book their place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. They now have a chance to level the series in Ahmedabad in the fourth Test, starting Thursday (March 9).