The first test between India vs Australia that was held in Pune ground was rated as Poor by the match referee, and he said that the situations were not suitable for normal ongoing plays


Chris Board the match referee of the test has submitted a report to the BCCI regarding the manner of the pitch it behaved was really not even on the mark, and BCCI will have to respond within 15 days from the day it got filed.


The penalty for a pitch that is called poor for the first time, as would be the case for Pune, can range from a warning and/or a fine of USD 15,000 with a directive to institute corrective measures. BCCI's response to the rating will be reviewed by ICC's General Manager Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and Ranjan Madugalle from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

The ICC has Six categories for rating Test match pitches: very good, good, above average, below average, poor and unfit. Incidentally, since the Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process began in 2010, the Nagpur wicket used for the 2015 Test between India and South Africa was also rated poor.

According to reports, the curators in charge of preparing the wicket in Pune were asked to 'doctor' the surface to aid spin. However, in his post-match assessment, Indian captain Virat Kohli declined having passed on any instruction pertaining to the same to anyone. In fact when asked for his evaluation of the pitch, Kohli said: "It wasn't any different from the turners that we played in the past."