Wanderers pitch rated poor, but escapes immediate ban
Dubai, Jan 30 - The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday rated the underfire Wanderers pitch in Johannesburg as "poor", days after India won the third Test against South Africa.
As such, according to the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process, the Wanderers pitch has received three demerit points after ICC match referee Andy Pycroft submitted his report.
The demerit points will remain active for a rolling five-year period and if during this five-year period the Wanderers Stadium reaches the threshold of five demerit points, then it will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 12 months.
Pycroft, whose report has been forwarded to Cricket South Africa, said: "The pitch prepared for the final Test was a poor one. It had excessively steep and unpredictable bounce, and excessive seam movement."
"It deteriorated quickly as the match progressed, which made batting extremely difficult and hazardous, resulting in the medical staff from both the sides having to come onto the field of play multiple times to treat their batsmen.