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PITCH REPORT: BCCI curator P.R. Viswanathan during his visit to the site of ACA stadium at Amaravathi township near Vijayawada on Saturday. PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR
PITCH REPORT: BCCI curator P.R. Viswanathan during his visit to the site of ACA stadium at Amaravathi township near Vijayawada on Saturday. PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR

J.R. Shridharan

BCCI to formulate guidelines for uniform maintenance of pitches

  • Seven turf wickets to be laid at main Mangalagiri stadium
  • Selection of the right clay is the most challenging task

    VIJAYAWADA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to introduce uniform guidelines that will be applicable to all State cricket associations in respect of maintenance of pitches, according to BCCI curator (South) P. R. Viswnathan.

    Speaking to The Hindu at the site of the exclusive stadium of the Andhra Cricket Association, at Amaravathi Township (Mangalagiri) near here on Saturday, Mr. Viswanathan said most of the curators often used various kinds of rollers at their will, thus tampering the texture of the pitch.

    "Groundsmen use rollers with different weights like heavy, middle and light. They should know what kind of roller should be used and for how long. Indiscreet usage will harm the turf," he pointed out.

    Turf variety

    Mr. Viswanathan spent some time at the site overseeing the preparation of the pitch, which is at an advanced stage. He disclosed that seven turf wickets would be laid at the main stadium at Mangalagiri, and another three would be laid at the second stadium coming up adjacent to the main one. "There will also be seven practice turfs at the eastern corner of the stadium. By monsoon all turf wickets, outfield and fencing would be over. We would be using Bermuda G2 grass for the sprucing up the outfield," he said.

    The ACA, he pointed out, had sunk in three bore wells and constructed a sump to store water upto Rs.1 lakh litres. "We are also installing around 52 sprinklers for the watering of the outfield once the stadium comes to operation," Mr. Viswanathan said.

    He said the BCCI had factored in the recommendations obtained from Australia and South Africa in the new guidelines. Selection of the right clay is the most challenging task for a curator in the preparation of a wicket. "The bounce and the turn of the ball depends upon the clay used," he revealed.

    Mr. Viswanathan said soon the BCCI would come up with a proposal to revamp all the turf wickets at both the Ranji and Test centres with an aim to make them "over grassy".

    Mr. Viswanathan, who was instrumental in sprucing up many turf wickets in South India and the Andhra Cricket Association's zone, also supervised development of a couple of wickets himself. "Among all associations in South India, the ACA is very active in spreading the game to all its affiliated districts," he observed.


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