New Delhi: BCCI president Shashank Manohar yesterday 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 a half days with R Ashwin getting 12 wickets. Later, 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 the Referee.
"The decision may vary whether there is uneven bounce or whether the wicket is spinning more than what its supposed to be," said Manohar, who fielded around 30-odd questions from cricket fans.