The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) secretary MP Pandove said here on Friday that a good sporting pitch is being prepared for the first test match between India and South Africa. He said that the pitch will initially assist the fast bowlers and the spinners will come into play as the game advances.

He said, “The staff has tried their best to make a good sporting pitch. It has something both for the batsmen and the bowlers”.

“The pitch will initially help the fast bowlers and after the wear and tear of the pitch the spinners will have a role to play,” he said.

The pitch, along with lush green outfield will provide some good cricket, he said. He also added that “It’s an ideal 5-day wicket”.

The first test match of the total four matches in the upcoming test series is scheduled to be played here in Mohali from November 5-9.

He said that the South African team will arrive in Mohali on November 1 while the Indian team will be arriving in Mohali on November 2 after attending the wedding reception of Harbhajan Singh in Delhi.

Indian team has lost both the T20 and the ODI series against the Proteas and will be looking forward to play some good cricket under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

Pandove recommended the cutting down of ticket prices for the upcoming test match because there was a lukewarm response with only 1000 tickets being sold so far. He also added that the sale of tickets for the test matches has dropped drastically.

He said, “Attempts should be made to reduce the prices of the tickets of the test matches”.

He said that the PCA ground has got such a drainage system with which the ground can be made proper for playing conditions in two hours even after it rains for two consecutive days when asked on the possibility of rains.

He also said that the pre-winter showers had already taken place and it is unlikely for the rain to play the spoilsport.

He said that the crowd will not be allowed to bring anything from the outside because of the recent unpleasant incident that took place in Cuttack during an ODI in the ongoing series.

“All the selectors are going to be present during the match,” he said.

He added that the President of BCCI, Shashank Manohar and the Secretary of BCCI Anurag Thakur are expected to come to Mohali, but there is no confirmation from the other members of the board.

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