Ever since the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded the Perth pitch, where the second Test between Australia and India took place, a rating of 'average', the lowest mark that can be given, a number of present and ex-players have criticized the decision by the cricket's governing body.
The likes of Mitchell Johnson and Michael Vaughan have been vocal about their displeasure of the rating, while Australian head coach Justin Langer was also surprised by the decision.
Now joining in the debate is former Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar. The 'Master Blaster', on his official Twitter handle, hit out at the ICC for their decision and stated that more pitches similar to that in Perth should be made for Test cricket to remain alive.
"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. This pitch was by no means “Average”," his post read.
ICC's match referee Ranjan Madugalle, who oversaw the proceedings on an uneven bouncy pitch during the second Test between Australia and India, deemed the track only as 'average', the lowest mark that can be given by the world's cricketing body.
Following the verdict, Johnson took to Twitter to express his shock over the decision. His message read, "Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I’d actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG."
Johnson's comments on the pitch resulted in a war of words between him and former Indian opener Aakash Chopra, who felt that the extreme bounce could have resulted in injuries to the players.