ICC pulls up MCG pitch as 'poor'

Australia and England played the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Australia and England played the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground

On the other hand, Cricket Australia have also accepted their mistake as the pitch did not offer what they had desired and assured to work with Melbourne in order to prevent such instances.

"In arriving at the sanction, the ICC noted the comprehensive response provided by Cricket Australia, which did not contest the rating given to the pitch by the ICC Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle, but highlighted that the ground is a frequently used venue that has no history of preparing poor pitches for worldwide cricket, and indicated that there was a commitment by both the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and Cricket Australia to improve the pitches presented for global cricket at the MCG in the future", ICC said in their press release.

ICC Match Referee, Richie Richardson, completed the venue inspection and submitted a glowing report on the stadium.

The newly-built Perth Stadium has got the go-ahead to host all worldwide formats and will soon be taking over the hosting duties from WACA, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.

Under the new pitch monitoring system three demerit points would have been awarded to the Victorian venue.

Cricket will be the opening sporting event at the Stadium, with the ODI providing an incredible opportunity for cricket fans in Western Australia, and the broader national and worldwide cricket community, to experience the game at its very best in Perth's new state-of-the-art stadium.

"An historic event, a capacity crowd, a state of the art stadium and an Australia-England fixture - what more could a cricket fan want for?" "We very much look forward to bringing this big Australia-England One-Day match to Perth to the Stadium on January 28", he added.

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