Anurag Thakur, the Secretary of the BCCI has defended the nature of wickets laid out in India for the ongoing test series against South Africa. Thakur said that there was absolutely no harm if test matches were over within 3 or 4 days anywhere. While a lot of cricket pundits have openly condemned the pitches used, Thakur thinks otherwise.
“I think the debate on the quality of pitches is overhyped. When a match gets over in two days – maybe in some other part of the world, like Australia in three days – nobody raises that question,” Thakur said. “But when we see a lot of drawn matches, like in the last few years, we say nobody will come and watch Test cricket,” said a stern Thakur at a media event.
“I have a question to ask about the Nagpur match. Ask any ex-cricketer, how many players from the two teams played a bad shot? Was there uneven bounce? No. Was there more turn than expected? Yes, maybe,” said an animated Thakur. “Nobody questioned the T20 and the ODI games. What about the pitches when South Africa won?” Thakur asked. “But when India won two Test matches, you start raising questions.”
“What is the criterion for a good pitch and bad pitch? Was the bounce uneven, were there injuries? The ICC has sent us a letter and we will soon reply to that. But I think there is nothing wrong if a Test match finishes on the fourth day or the third day. You should also look at the batting standards. Remember how Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman played on these kinds of tracks?”
“In many parts of the world such as Australia and South Africa, you will see much more bounce. In England, you will see more seam and swing. So how do you compare that? In India and Pakistan, you may see more turning tracks. That is the nature of our pitches, which we call home advantage,” Thakur said.