BCCI to prepare sporting pitches for South Africa series
BCCI ahead of the South Africa’s tour of India wants to prepare sporting wicket for 72 days long full fledged series, which will be played across India. BCCI is concerned about the current state of the Indian pitches as domestic cricket, which will comprise of 900 matches, this year will affect the condition of pithes across India.
When foreign team visits India they always complained about the slow and dusty wicket of India. Now, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is going to start a busy international and domestic calaendar which will clash with Ranji trophy, it has laid out a plan to ensure that the pitches for international matches don’t get affected by the domestic cricket.
In India most of the prominent international bowlers struggle to cope with the flat Indian pitches. With domestic season is looming captains of state teams urge their pitch curator to make a pitch which will give them advantage. “It is certainly a matter of concern. The board has set a guideline for the local curators. The pitches for domestic four day matches have to be seamer-friendly for the first two days before taking sufficient amount of turn. It can’t be overtly grassy or a rank turner. It’s up to the state associations, especially the major inter national centres, to ensure the home teams don’t tamper with the nature of the pitch,” a top BCCI official told Cricbuzz.
As Indian pitches are traditionaly slow, bowlers who wants to bowl fast never finds good response from the pitches. According to a BCCI official, most of the complaints have come from Delhi and Chennai that will host Test and T20 matches respectively.
The official aslo said that BCCI is determind to give enough rest to the venues hosting international games during the domestic season. Right now, BCCI has guidelines for ground which will host an international match was be close for preparations for 20-30 days before the match.
“This guideline has been there for some years now. But it’s good to see that the board has finally managed to chalk out the itinerary adhering to the guideline. Most centres now have more than 15 days time to prepare pitches for international matches. From now, they have enough time to pick the strip they want to play the international match on. A majority of domestic games can be played on other strips,” said the source.
“The curators have been briefed about technologically-advanced fertilizers which are now available in India. They should carry out the renovation of the pitches during the off-season,” he added.
BCCI has also tabled the idea of expanding the pitches committee which observes the need to bring in young curators. “There needs to be a next line of curators ready to deal with greater responsibilities once the veterans are phased out. Delhi and Kolkata are two centres who have young boys already working on the pitches,” said the official.
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