The ICC have issued out official warnings to Kingsmead in Durban and Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Both venues were ruled unplayable due to terrible outfield conditions during the Tests hosted at both venues. Strict repercussions were made due to occurrences in the SA Test against NZ at Kingsmead and the West Indies vs India clash at Port of Spain.
In official reports by umpire’s Andy Pycroft and Ranjan Madugalle, the outfield was rated as ‘poor’ and there was an inevitable cancelation for both matches.
Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager, reviewed both calls made. For CSA a review was made with Madugalle while match referee David Boon reviewed WICB’s response.
A fine of $15 000, along with ‘a directive for appropriate corrective action’ was issued as this was the first ‘poor’ rating for both of these grounds.
‘The sanctions take into account Durban and Port of Spain venues’ history of producing good conditions for international cricket and commitment by both the boards to take appropriate steps to ensure similar events are not repeated in future,’ an ICC release said.
11 sessions out of 15 were lost to a wet and a soft outfield at Kingsmead where Port of Spain could only handle 22 overs plus no play for the last four days of the match despite sunny weather.