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"I do not believe report to be true"

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come under fire from members of its ground and wicket committee (GWC), who are confused about their role in the preparation of pitches for the upcoming Test and One-day series against Zimbabwe. The BCCI recently hired well-known grounds-men G Kasturirangan of Karnataka and Gujarat's Dhiraj Parsana as "professionals". The two are members of the GWC. The BCCI, however, has not informed the other GWC members whether their services are required or not. "The board has not told us anything so far. We have absolutely no information," a GWC member said. "I read in the papers that the Board has hired Mr Kasturirangan (chief curator) and Mr. Parsana (assistant) as professionals. Since the BCCI will be paying salaries to the two, I don't think we are needed now," he added. In September, GWC chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth was nominated to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) technical committee, replacing Sunil Gavaskar. However, the Board did not appoint his successor or inform the other members - Gopal Bose, Surinder Khanna and Vinod Mathur - about their future plans. Kasturirangan and Parsana have already got down to work. They recently visited the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi, where the first Test against Zimbabwe will be played from November 18 to 22, and gave instructions to the groundsmen. They have also inspected Cuttack's Barabati Stadium, where the first One-day international will be played on December 2. DDCA vice president and former Test opener Chetan Chauhan is supervising the pitch preparations for the New Delhi Test. He will also head an organising committee for Zimbabwe's second Test at this ground - the first was played in March, 1993, which India won by an innings and 13 runs. Kasturirangan and Parsana were appointed professionals in August. Their first task was to visit various venues and develop pitches of international standard and build a team of good curators. The BCCI had snubbed the GWC members earlier this year, too, during the series against South Africa, and tried to patch up with them later. BCCI secretary J Y Lele had asked the committee not to supervise pitch preparation after India lost the first Test in Mumbai inside three days.India Abroad News Service

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