Bengaluru Stadium not to host Ranji Fixtures due to Pitch Face-Lift
In the latest development, Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy stadium would not host the 2017-18 season of the premier domestic tournament Ranji Trophy, as the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Thursday revealed the pitch would go under some face-lift.
The decision was taken after the slower wicket witnessed lower scoring contests during the tenth edition of widely-acclaimed Indian Premier League (IPL), which eventually didn’t still well with the management and the audience altogether in the professional Twenty20 league.
“We are not re-laying the pitch, we’re just topping it up,” the representative for KSCA Vinay Mruthyunjaya was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
During the second Test against Australia in March, the pitch had received a ‘poor rating’ from the world cricket governing body ICC when Elite Panel Match Referee from England, Chris Broad submitted his report to the Dubai-based Board after the excessive bounce and vicious turn in the pitch.
It’s important to point out that hosts India are scheduled to face-off Australia, in the fourth One-day international on September 28 (Thursday) at the 35,000 capacity venue.
Owing to the decision already been in place, the KSCA secretary Sudhakar Rao reiterated they are looking forward to preparing wicket for all formats of the game after topping the old-surface, adding it would require at least four matches to be fit for the competition.
“We wanted to provide a sporting wicket, looking at all angles for the Test matches, ODIs, T20s,” Rao added.
The re-work on the 22-yard surface is bound to take place after the culmination of the 50-over game, which means the KSCA will miss out the second season since 2016-17, owing to the revamping policy when SubAir system were installed in the stadium.
Based on the four-day competition in the domestic leg, the Ranji season will be beginning from October 6 with Karnataka placed in the Group A, as they are bound to feature in their opener on October 14 against Assam in Mysuru.
“The first match will be held in Mysuru, second one in Shivamogga and the third one will be in Alur or Hubbali,” Mruthyunjaya maintained.
It has been seen that the fans in the stadium have had witnessed the high-scoring games which have eventually become a norm in the Karnataka’s capital.
Concluding, the report suggested pitch would be ready for the competition next year.
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