Bangalore: Plans are afoot at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to unveil in two months, a set of practice pitches that promise bounce and pace.

The earlier practice pitches — a mix of normal turf as well as hard cement wickets — located at the periphery of the KSCA ‘B’ ground, have been dug up and are being re-laid with clay from Nanjangud, an industrial town near Mysore, being a key ingredient. “We are hoping to have good bouncy tracks in about two months. This is an NCA initiative,” said the academy’s Administrative Manager Col. Nair.

The process of altering the existing practice pitches commenced on May 19. “Initially the plan was to have six pitches with good bounce and carry but now we have added an extra one and that makes it seven,” said A.V. Jagannath, KSCA curator, who is supervising the technical specifications.— Principal Correspondent

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