Following the defeat within the first Take a look at in Chennai, the Indian cricket board has eliminated its curator who was to supervise the pitch preparation on the MA Chidambaram Stadium for the second Take a look at, beginning on Saturday.
Now, the Indian crew administration is overseeing the pitch preparation together with chief native groundsman V Ramesh Kumar, who hadn’t ready a pitch even for a first-class recreation earlier than the primary Take a look at that India misplaced to England right here on Tuesday. Now, Kumar has been assigned the essential activity of getting ready the pitch, for which black soil might be used as an alternative of purple.
The hole between the primary and the second Take a look at, which is to start on February 13, is barely of three days. However the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) curator Taposh Chatterjee of Central Zone was despatched off instantly after the primary match and, as an alternative, tasked to supervise the preparation of pitches for the Vijay Hazare Trophy matches in Indore and Jaipur.
The event is unusual contemplating that the BCCI panel of curators, which was to be reviewed and revised on the its annual common assembly in December, has 4 others in addition to Chatterjee within the elite panel. Ashish Bhowmick, who will put together the Motera wicket for the third and fourth Assessments in opposition to England, Prashanth Ok, Sunil Chauhan, and Prakash Adhav are the others. There have been 5 different curators within the rising panel earlier.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation (TNCA) confirmed the event.
“Taposh has left. He was there for the primary match. V Ramesh Kumar will oversee the preparation for the second Take a look at,” TNCA secretary RS Ramaswamy instructed IANS.
Kumar is a businessman and had, prior to now, not even ready a first-class wicket.
“It’s a shock that no BCCI curator is on the spot because the BCCI despatched again Taposh after the primary Take a look at when the gamers confirmed their displeasure with the way in which the pitch [for first Test] behaved on the primary two days. The MA Chidambaram Stadium has not had a correct curator for a very long time. Earlier, Ok Parthasarathy, the pinnacle groundsman, was taking care of it, however he was has not been an everyday prior to now few years,” mentioned a supply near the event.
“The wicket for the second Take a look at is being ready underneath the supervision of the crew administration. There was no correct watering. The floor for the primary Take a look at had purple soil and the pitch for use for the second match is of black soil,” he mentioned.
Over the past 15 years, the Chennai pitch has attracted a whole lot of consideration on account of lack of grass and its bizarre behaviour on account of combination of purple and black soils. The pitch for the following recreation can be a mixture, with its topping being of black soil whereas the one used for first Take a look at was solely of purple soil.
“At different grounds like Bengaluru, Kolkata, or Mumbai, the grass recovers shortly. However not in Chennai these days. There are a mixture of causes for this. One is that there are far too many matches being performed and the opposite is the Ranji Trophy crew’s calls for. You’d have seen within the Indian Premier League additionally that chasing is all the time tough right here. There isn’t any correct curator taking care of it,” he mentioned.
The final Take a look at held in Chennai previous to the just-concluded first Take a look at was additionally in opposition to England, in 2016-17. That pitch was ready by BCCI curator PR Viswanathan, who has since retired.
The continued Take a look at collection is occurring throughout Covid-19 and there are back-to-back video games at every venue, an uncommon taking place.
Consultants imagine that ideally the pitch (No. 2) for the primary Take a look at ought to have been used for the second and the one getting used for second (No. 5) ought to have been used for the primary.
“The reason being that the black soil retains water, so within the three-day hole earlier than the second Take a look at, solely 10-20 litres water will be allowed at finest. In any other case, should you put extra, the floor, on account of heavy clay content material, will retain water. If they’d used pitch No.2, the purple soil one, for this recreation as an alternative, then you possibly can have given extra water within the three-day hole and it could have dried simply as that soil would not maintain water. Now, on account of dryness and no water, the black soil wicket can crumble early. It could possibly additionally preserve low,” mentioned an official.
Former head of BCCI pitches and grounds committee, Daljeet Singh, defined the charcaters of various pitches.
“I can not touch upon the Chennai pitch as I’m not on the venue, should you combine soils it’s tough to foretell a pitch’s character. Black soil has extra clay content material, clay particle is the smallest in soil. The extra the particles, the extra water it’s going to maintain. However purple soil has extra silt and has extra put on and tear because it will get dried and breaks simply for spin. It would not maintain water,” he mentioned, explaining the science of pitch making.
Daljeet additionally praised the pitch for the primary Take a look at. “It lasted 5 days. That’s what a Take a look at match wicket is.”