PCB is convinced that the ICC will not rate the Rawalpindi Test pitch as substandard
Australia and Pakistan’s maiden Test match at the Rawalpindi venue ended in a tie. The surface utilised for the game drew widespread criticism from the cricketing community due to its lack of features for bowlers. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) believes that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will not classify it as ‘bad’ or ‘not up to scratch’ in the game’s longest format.
Steve Smith of Australia, who made 78 off 196 balls, similarly called the Rawalpindi pitch as ‘dead’. According to ICC criteria, a Test wicket should feature seam, bounce, spin, and carry at various phases to ensure an equitable combat between hitters and bowlers, with the bowlers somewhat favoured.
According to rumours, ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle may submit the game to the governing body for failing to meet Test cricket standards. A PCB source, on the other hand, believes otherwise. The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium would receive three demerit points under ICC rules if the match referee rates the wicket as bad. Five demerit points in five years disqualifies a stadium from hosting international cricket for one year.