India vs Australia, Indoor Test: Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 ICC has decided to award 3D merit points as the third match between India and Australia at Holkar Stadium in Indore was the worst pitch. Like the first 2 Test matches, this match ended on the third day, but the help from the pitch for the spin bowlers from the first day was not seen in the first 2 Test matches.
Many former veteran players have been critical of the third Test match pitch. Meanwhile, after the match, the ICC match referee Chris Broad, in his report on the pitch, clearly stated that the pitch was unplayable due to the unusual bounce seen from the first day.
Chris Broad rated this pitch as poor and decided to give 3D merit points based on this report. This means that if a stadium receives 5 demerit points in the next 5 years, it will be banned from hosting matches for the next 1 year.
The match referee said this in his report
After the Test match, Chris Broad in his pitch report wrote that the pitch was too dry and lacked balance between ball and bat. From the 5th ball of the match there was an unusual bounce on the pitch as the pitch was exposed to the root.
Besides sending this report to ICC, Chris Broad also sent it to BCCI. The Indian board has 14 days to appeal against the action taken regarding the pitch. On the other hand, when Indian captain Rohit Sharma was asked a question about this pitch after the match, he said that there is nothing wrong with the pitch, but batsmen have to find a way to play in such situations.