The demerit point handed to the Rawalpindi pitch in Pakistan after the first Test match between Pakistan and England has now been rescinded, International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday (23).
The decision was taken following an appeal from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium was given a “below average” pitch rating by ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft after the first Test of the three match series in early December.
“However, after reviewing the footage from the Test Match, the ICC appeal panel unanimously felt that the pitch had several “redeeming features” which included the fact that a result was possible and that 37 out of 39 wickets were taken. As a result, the appeal panel felt that the pitch did not deserve the “below average” rating that was handed earlier.” ICC said in an official release.