Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who called Ahmedabad pitch ‘awful’, has said that ICC will look ‘toothless’ till the time it allows “powerful countries” like India to produce whatever they want.
Notably, a pitch debate has erupted again after India won the pink-ball Test against England by 10 wickets inside 2 days.
Michael Vaughan has admitted that India are the better team in spinning conditions but their victory on the pitch was “shallow”.
“The longer powerful countries like India are allowed to get away with it the more toothless the ICC will look,” Vaughan wrote in his column.
“The governing body are allowing India to produce whatever they wish and it is Test cricket that is getting hurt,” he said while expressing his displeasure with the BCCI.
“Perhaps it will take broadcasters to ask for refunds for things to change. They accept Test finishing early because the players are not good enough but not when home boards produce such poor pitches.
“They are left with three blank days but are still having to pay for production. They will not be happy and might think twice about good money for Test rights,” Vaughan said.
“India won the third Test but it was shallow victory. In fact, there was no winners from that game at all,” Vaughan started his column with these words.
“Yet, India showed their skill. We are not being fair if we do not accept that their skill levels in those conditions are far better than England’s.
“But the good of the game needs to be looked at and as ex-players it is our duty to call it out,” Vaughan wrote.
“But the good of the game needs to be looked at and as ex-players it is our duty to call it out.”
The 45-year-old blamed England’s rotational policy and said they deserved to be in the position they are in at the moment.
“The disregard they showed by sending Jonny Bairstow home to walk his dogs for two weeks and then go back and bat at three against Ravi Ashwin has bitten them on the backside.”