Sourav Ganguly    IANS
Sourav Ganguly IANS

Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the pitch for the third Test between India and South Africa was unfair on the batsmen and called for ICC’s intervention into the matter.

“To play test cricket on this surface is unfair …saw it in NZ in 2003 …batsman have minimum chance …ICC should look into it,” tweeted Ganguly.

India were bowled for 187 on day one with Cheteshwar Pujar and captain Virat Kohli scoring fighting half-centuries. South Africa were for six for one at stumps.

The pacers enjoyed bowling on the seaming surface with Kagiso Rabada taking three wickets, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Andile Phehlukwayo picking two each.

India were greeted with lush green surfaces on their New Zealand tour in 2002-03. The Ganguly led India were whitewashed 0-2 in the Tests and lost the ODI series 2-5. All the contests were low scoring affairs, hampering India’s 2003 World Cup preparations.