Arun Lal's "very poor pitch" comment on the opening day drew a sharp rebuttal from the Saurashtra Cricket Association on Wednesday after its curator, Mahendra Rajdev, said the Bengal coach erred in his judgement by jumping the gun in the ongoing Ranji Trophy final in Rajkot.
Saurashtra, who put up 206 for five on Day 1, went on to post a formidable 425 on Day 3 in their first innings.
The pitch is certainly a tricky one, with the ball keeping low frequently, but Cheteshwar Pujara and Arpit Vasavada showed remarkable application in a five-hour partnership on Day 2.
"The pitch may not have had extra bounce, which Bengal bowlers were looking for, but that does not make the wicket poor," said Rajdev, in a statement from the SCA.
"It is a rather hasty and poor judgment by the Bengal coach and it may not be beneficial for their own players when the coach makes a statement like this.
"It is the same pitch for both the teams, which was prepared under the neutral curator (L Prashanth Rao) from the BCCI," he added.
Lal, in fact, had maintained his stance on the pitch after Day 2, saying it was a dead pitch which can't be good for cricket.
The Bengal coach's criticism also did not go well with his Saurashtra counterpart, Karsan Ghavri.
After the end of the third day's play, Ghavri said: "If it was a bad wicket, the game would have been over by now. The first innings has not been completed, which shows you can get runs like we did.
"The odd ball is keeping low but such criticism from Lal on Day 1 was ill-timed. Overall, we are in a good position but the game can change quickly."
An SCA official said there are no plans of making a formal complaint to the BCCI over Lal's tirade. The match referee will be submitting its report to the BCCI which is standard practice.
"It was way too early for Lal to talk the way he did. It is a decent wicket. The match had hardly begun and he spoke like this. He should have been more careful with his words," the official said.