No sanction for two-day Test pitch in Ahmedabad

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The Ahmedabad pitch on which India beat England in two days in the third Test will not be punished by the International Cricket Council.

The pitch has been given an ‘average’ rating by match referee Javagal Srinath, meaning it will not earn any ‘demerit points’.

An accumulation of demerit points can lead to venues being suspended from hosting international matches.

India won the third Test by 10 wickets, going on to take the series 3-1.

Pitches and outfields for all internationals are given one of six ratings: very good, good, average, below average, poor and unfit.

A below average pitch is given one demerit point, a poor pitch three points and an unfit pitch five.

If a venue collects five demerit points in a five-year period, it can be suspended from hosting international matches for a year.

England captain Joe Root described the pitch as “challenging”, but stopped short of criticising it, saying it was up to the ICC to evaluate it.

India batsman Rohit Sharma said it was a “normal pitch”.

The pitch for the second Test in Chennai, which India won by 317 runs, was also given an ‘average’ rating.

Meanwhile, India have been fined 20% of their match fee for a slow over-rate in Sunday’s second Twenty20, which they won by seven wickets.

The five-match series is level at 1-1, with the third game to be played on Wednesday. (BBC Sport)

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