LAHORE - The International Cricket Council (ICC) Friday issued warning to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for preparing a poor quality pitch against South Africa at Kanpur in April this year. The BCCI, in response, was reported to have accepted the warning. The BCCI reportedly pledged to undertake the necessary action to ensure the pitch at Kanpur is improved for future international matches. "I can assure everyone that we will take all steps necessary to ensure this does not happen in the future," Niranjan Shah, honorary secretary of the BCCI, was quoted by a website. The ICC conducted pitch following complaints from the South Africans as 32 wickets fell in three days. Roshan Mahanama of the ICC's Elite Panel of Match Referees submitted a report to the ICC expressing concern over the quality of the playing surface. "My considered view is that the pitch was poor as it was too dry and had considerable turn and variable bounce. The pitch was not up to Test match standards," Mahanama wrote in his report. The ICC then sought a written report from the BCCI. ICC's General Manager Cricket David Richardson and its chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle then weighed the evidence, studied video footage and then passed a judgment that the poor was substandard. "We have taken into consideration the explanations offered by the BCCI as to the reasons for the dryness of the pitch and we have noted that there is no previous record of a sub-standard pitch being prepared in Kanpur. However, taking all the evidence into account and, in accordance with clause 4.2 of the regulation, we have decided to impose an official warning as the sanction," said David Richardson. "We have recommended that the BCCI pitch consultant, Daljit Singh, be requested to investigate and to ensure that in future the manner of preparation is in line with what is required to ensure that a better balance between bat and ball is achieved," added Richardson. The ICC had the power to impose a sanction ranging from a warning or a fine up to a suspension of international status for the venue in question in the case of repeated offences.