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ICC adopts pitch monitoring process

Teams wishing to leave wickets underprepared in order to win Tests at home would do better to think twice before doing so in future.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 22:55 IST

Teams wishing to leave wickets underprepared in order to win Test matches on home soil would do better to think twice before doing so in the future.

The International Cricket Council has adopted a new pitch monitoring process that could see a host nation being suspended from international cricket for producing substandard pitches.

The game's world governing body's decision comes into immediate effect after its Executive Board approved the recommendation on day one of its meeting in Dubai.

The ICC also decided to scrap the Super Sub rule in Limited Overs Internationals immediately, endorsed an anti-doping policy and received a report from the Chairman of the Interim Committee of Zimbabwe Cricket.

It also confirmed that the ODI trial playing condition relating to fielding restrictions should be referred to the Cricket Committee for further consideration.

The pitch monitoring process, the first formal one in international cricket, is to be based on the initial report of the Emirates Elite Panel Referee at the ground, the ICC said in a statement on Monday.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 22:55 IST