'Wicket will play true on all 3 days'

Written by: Suresh Parekh
Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2000, 14:30 [IST]
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Indore: International cricket returns to the city of great Mustaq Ali after a gap of four years. It was exactly four years ago when the famous Indore fiasco was witnessed by the cricketing world. The One-day International between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned only after five overs because of the extremely unplayable wicket.

"I want to forget that entire match and episode," groundsman Samander Singh, who was then deputy to Narendra Menon, told Thatscricket.com on Tuesday. Menon has prepared the wicket for Zimbabwe's tour opener against the National Cricket Academy (NCA) XI, which gets underway from Wednesday.

"I have completely put that incident at the back of my mind. I am confident that this wicket will play true on all three days," he said. India's former Test cricketer Chandu Sarvate also assisted Mr Samander Singh in preparing this wicket.

While Mr Sarvate expressed his satisfaction at the pitch, former Board of Control for Cricket in India president as well as NCA chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur and India's best reader of wickets Polly Umrigar had a detailed discussion with Singh.

It was on this ground that Sri Lanka batted first in that match four years ago. It was a nightmarish situation for the Sri Lankan batsmen to face Srinath and company as neither the batsmen nor the bowlers were sure which way the ball would go after pitching.

The top three batsmen got badly hit and bruised. Match referee, Zimbabwe's Abraham, came into the picture and had to take the hard decision of cancelling the match as the wicket was grossly underprepared.

That match still remains the shortest in the history of One-day Internationals as only five overs were bowled.

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