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Nagpur pitch is a subjective decision by Jeff Crowe: Shashank Manohar

"The ICC framed rules with regards to poor wickets. There are four categories. 'Excellent', 'Good', 'Poor' and 'Dangerous' wickets. In regards to 'Poor' wicket, they have said excessive spin or excessive seam movement, the wicket is considered to be poor," Manohar said.

Press Trust of India |December 23, 2015, 8:10 PM IST
Nagpur pitch is a subjective decision by Jeff Crowe: Shashank Manohar

New Delhi: BCCI president Shashank Manohar on Wednesday said that the Cricket Board will abide by the ICC decision of rating Nagpur pitch as "poor" but at the same time termed the inference on the nature of the wicket being a "subjective decision" by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.

India beat South Africa by 124 runs at Jamtha in Nagpur where the match ended in two and half days with Ravichandran Ashwin getting 12 wickets. Later ICC match referee Jeff Crowe reported against the Nagpur track and finally ICC rated it as "poor" and let Nagpur off with a warning.

"The ICC framed rules with regards to poor wickets. There are four categories. 'Excellent', 'Good', 'Poor' and 'Dangerous' wickets. In regards to 'Poor' wicket, they have said excessive spin or excessive seam movement, the wicket is considered to be poor," Manohar told fans during a live interaction on BCCI's official Facebook page.

"In case of Nagpur, Match Referee stated "Excessive spin on the third day of the game and uneven bounce". According to me, this is subjective decision taken by Match Referee. The decision may vary whether there is uneven bounce or whether the wicket is spinning more than what its supposed to be.

"It may be that one spinner gets more turn than another. These factors need to be taken into consideration. Finally, ICC has taken a decision, we would abide by that decision," said Manohar, who fielded around 30-odd questions from cricket fans.

The BCCI president also refuted allegations that his home centre Nagpur and secretary Anurag Thakur's centre Dharamsala have got preferential treatment on allotment of matches during upcoming World T20.

"When it was decided that India would host ICC World T20, BCCI offered eight venues but ICC wanted only five because of cost constraints. Our secretary Anurag Thakur during ICC Annual Meeting in Barbados clearly told ICC that BCCI would not agree to less than 8 venues.

"Now on paper, Dharamsala and Nagpur are hosting more matches but it also includes the qualifiers that will be played by Afghanistan, Oman, Hong Kong, Scotland etc. But as far as main draw is concerned, matches have been distributed equally. Because of cost constraints, ICC wanted to hold qualifying matches at two venues. Dharamsala and Nagpur provide the cheapest options in terms of hotel, transportation. Also teams will stay in one venue for 8 days," he said.

"India's matches are being played at Nagpur, Dharamsala, Bangalore and Mohali. Semi-finals at Delhi and Mumbai and the final at Kolkata. If we would have wanted, Dharamsala and Nagpur could have hosted the semi-finals. Nagpur could have hosted the final as it is the best stadium in the country with 45,000 capacity," Manohar said.

The BCCI president also said that an Indo-Pak series is "more complex" where the decision is not only dependent on the two particular cricket boards.

"As you are aware, the BCCI and PCB agreed to play a series. The issue is a complex one and not dependent only on two boards. It would be a political call that needs to be taken by India and Pakistan governments. I am sure when situation is conducive, a full-fledged series will take place," the president assured.

Manohar also said that the recent experiment of 'Day/Night' test between Australia and New Zealand is something that needs to be seen whether it can bring back people in the stands for Test cricket.

"In earlier days, there was no television and one format was played. To top it, one venue would host one Test match in two years. So people far away from 500 miles would come to the stadium to watch.

"Now people do not have that time. But after the recent D/N Test between Australia and New Zealand with pink ball, we need to see if things improve. If it does, people may spare time in the evenings for Test cricket," the ICC chairman said.

He also said that DRS in its current form is not acceptable to BCCI as the leg before decision in the system is not foolproof.

"Actually telling truth, BCCI was never against DRS, right from my earlier tenure. Only issue was with lbw being decided by DRS. For everything else, we accpeted but ICC told us that either we accept it in full or not. We are not even willing to accept it for lbw," Manohar said and then explained it in detail.

"You shoot it from distance and a Parallax (displacement in apparent positional shift of an object viewed from a distance) developers. Now umpire is imagining the bounce and then a person sitting behind the camera can decide and going to put his imagination in it. In 2011, when we had the meeting, the person in charge of DRS was not able to satisfy our queries. So till it is not foolproof, we would not accept it."

Manohar mentioned that it would not be possible to prepare fast, bouncy wickets all over India due to nature of soil and atmospheric conditions but they would have more U-19 and A tours of Indian youngsters to prepare them for future tours.

"The appointment of TA Sekar and Narendra Hirwani for National Cricket Academy under Dilip Vengsarkar's guidance is to improve the fast bowling and spin talent pool."

On a personal note, Manohar named 'Tiger' Pataudi as his favourite Indian captain while naming Sir Gary Sobers as the greatest cricketer according to him.

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