In a bid to prepare for the Australia Test series which will commence in November, the Indian team management has asked for bouncy wickets during the two-Test series against West Indies.
According to an Indian Express report, as a result of this request, the BCCI curators will be responsible for pitches. And for this purpose, BCCI has sent two of its curators- Daljit Singh and Vishwajit Padiyar, who will oversee the preparation of pitches during the two-Test series against Windies.
However, the request made by the team management has not gone well with the Saurashtra Cricket Association which will be hosting the first Test in Rajkot from October 4. Niranjan Shah, former President of SCA, said that it is a wrong move by BCCI to send its curators.
“Saurashtra is an old association. It has been hosting matches for many years now. BCCI sending its curators is a wrong move. If the ICC has any issue with the pitch after the Test, then SCA will not take any blame. BCCI will have to take the entire blame. Especially if none of our curators is involved in making the pitch,” Shah was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Shah further said that the BCCI’s idea to send its own curators is flawed and should not be encouraged.
“If BCCI is so concerned about pitches, they should only appoint BCCI curators at each venue, even for Ranji games. Why do you need local curators then? Local curators have more knowledge than people coming from outside. If you want a certain kind of pitch, local curators can get it done. I totally discourage this practice,” Shah insisted.
Last year as well – ahead of the South Africa Test series, the team management had asked the state associations to prepare bouncy pitches to get much-needed practice to play on bouncy wickets. However, the tracks prepared were flat which didn’t provide team with the preparation needed for the Proteas Test series which they eventually went on to lose 1-2.