After getting a green signal from BCCI pitch curator Sriram Kasturi Rangan, the ACA secretary Dr. G Gangaraju has cleared all the doubts surrounding whether Vizag will host the fifth and final ODI or not as he said “There never was a problem about staging the ODI but after the seeing the pattern of matches played recently we wanted to make sure that we don’t cut a sorry figure.
“Hence, we had asked the BCCI to send a curator to inspect the pitch and certify it. We didn’t want to leave anything to chance as it’s a prestigious match. The ACA has always done its utmost to give the best facilities and we are not going to let our guard down.”
Doubts over Vizag’s stadium were raised when the newly laid strip of Vizag was under scanner after the complaints from coaches of Assam and Rajasthan who played a Ranji Trophy game last week on this ground. According to the reports, the pitch reacted awkwardly as the ball was keeping as low as to the height of the ankle, there was no bounce on this dead and dire pitch. Dr. G Gangaraju also raised concerns over the pitch and hence a pitch curator was called in for inspection. After getting a nod from BCCI curator, the ACA President is hopeful of hosting the ODI successfully but has still raised concerns whether the pitch will sustain during the Test match against England or not “The BCCI curator inspected the pitch and said there was nothing wrong with it. It is in perfect condition. He asked us to use a heavy roller,” he added. “We had laid a new pitch and because of the heavy rains in the last two months, there was not enough light to dry the pitch. That was a cause of worry but we were sure that there would never be a problem for playing the ODI on this surface,” Gangaraju added.
“The only worry for us was if the pitch would be suitable for the Test match to be played next month against England. That’s why we wanted to get the pitch certified ahead of the ODI as it would clear all doubts. We don’t want to put on a poor show,” concluded the ACA secretary.
Now, with Vizag given green signal to host the game, the preparations are on the top for the final ODI as One-day cricket has returned to this ground after a lengthy period of two years. Surely, hosting the game will be a big boost for the association and will be a fun for the crowd coming in to see their stars.
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