BCCI meets on Kotla fiasco, will tell ICC pitch was 'poor'
The BCCI top brass met in Mumbai to draft their reply to the ICC showcause notice on the December 27 pitch fiasco at Ferozeshah Kotla so that the venue evades an international ban and gets away with a fine.cricket Updated: Jan 04, 2010 00:25 IST
The BCCI top brass met in Mumbai on Sunday to draft their reply to the ICC showcause notice on the December 27 pitch fiasco at Ferozeshah Kotla so that the venue evades an international ban and gets away with a fine.
Top BCCI officials, including Board president Shashank Manohar and Delhi and District Cricket Association chief Arun Jaitley, met in Mumbai to draft the Cricket Board's reply to the ICC showcause notice on the episode that led to the abandonment of the fifth and final India-Sri Lanka ODI after the wicket in Delhi was found too dangerous to play.
According to sources, BCCI, in its response, would stress on the point that while the pitch may have been "poor", it was not "unfit" altogether.
"If the pitch is deemed just 'poor', you can pay the fine and get away with it. But if it's considered 'unfit', that would entail a 1-2 year ban which the Board just doesn't want since Kotla is also a 2011 World Cup venue," a source told PTI.
Accordingly, BCCI is preparing a dossier on the entire episode and would base their arguments on the fact that play continued till the 24th over in that match before the officials abandoned the game.