J. R. Shridharan
Seminar to focus on preparing wickets based on local conditions
Mangalagiri stadium is modelled on the famous MCG, says Chandra
The stadium will have a seating capacity of over 35,000, he says
VIJAYAWADA: Former Andhra player K. Chandrasekhara Rao, who is the curator of the Andhra Cricket Association’s upcoming stadium at Mangalagiri, will be taking part in the two-day annual curators’ meet of the Board of Control for Cricket in India at Chennai on June 1 and 2.
Along with Mr. Rao, B. Srinivasa Rao, groundsman of the stadium, will also be attending the meet, which is being held primarily to impart the ways and means to develop a sporty wicket and quality outfield. “Curators from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra, Hyderabad, Goa and Tamil Nadu cricket associations will take part in the seminar, which would be addressed by BCCI curator for south zone P.R. Viswanathan. The seminar will also lay emphasis on the latest methods followed in the world of cricket for the upkeep of the stadiums,” Mr. Rao said.
The seminar would be educating the curators on how to prepare a good wicket based on the local conditions and quality of the clay.
“The fabric of the clay varies from one region to the other. And the wickets behave differently depending on the weather conditions. The meet will impart techniques to groundsmen as to how to handle equipments such as rollers, grass-cutting machines, water sprinklers and covers,” Mr Rao said.
He said the motto of the BCCI was to equip the curators to prepare a wicket that would be helpful for both bowlers and batters. Mr. Rao said that the Mangalagiri stadium, built on a sprawling 24-acre site at Navuluru village in Guntur district, was being modelled on the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. It would house a cricket academy, a club house, outdoor and indoor practice facilities.
An exclusive Chief Minister’s Box would also be constructed. With a seating capacity of over 35,000, the stadium would certainly be one of the biggest in the country and BCCI has already allotted Rs.30 crore.