New Delhi,dec 24:
Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar supports Perth stadium pitch, saying only such tracks can revive Test cricket.
The ICC had rated as average pitch at the Optus stadium, which hosted the second Test between India and Australia.
“Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle.
“This pitch was by no means “Average”,” said the 45-year-old former master batsman who retired in 2013 after playing 200 Tests with 15921 runs and 51 centuries in his kitty.
Match referee Ranjan Madugalle had rated the pitch at Perth Stadium as ‘average’, the lowest pass mark provided by the ICC when they assess the pitch and outfield of Test grounds.
Australia had defeated India by 146 runs on the fifth and final day of the second Test at the Perth Stadium.
Other Test greats like Shane Warne, Mitchell Johnson and Michael Vaughan have also criticised the ICC’s decision.
“Someone has to be accountable for this terrible decision & everyone needs to know who that is! Because they are wrong – as it was a wonderful cricket pitch & a great contest between bat & ball, plus the good players got runs – the rest struggled ! Ridiculous,” Warne tweeted.
Pacer Mitchell Starc, who took five wickets in Perth in the second Test, said the ICC decision was “harsh”.
“Test cricket isn’t meant to be comfortable, I know it’s a batters’ game, but that’s what makes the game exciting. If you look at the match here last year where the wicket did nothing, it was a pretty boring Test match. If wickets are closer to what we saw in Perth it will create more exiting Test matches and you’ll get more people watching,” said Starc.