Kolkata: Myriad aspects of ground and pitch preparation and maintenance are on the agenda of the two-day workshop of chief curators of affiliate units of the Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) which began on Saturday with the aim of carrying forward the BCCI's policy of producing fast and bouncy tracks. The chief curators of the 11 international venues selected by the board for relaying pitches last year as also those representing six other centres scheduled to host matches in the coming Test series against New Zealand and the tri-nation tournament are attending the workshop.
The conclave has several interesting interactive sessions including reconstruction and maintenance of pitches and outfield, match preparations, maintenance of equipment, use of fertilisers and herbicides, soils and grass strains and also grounds and greens management. Other than chief curators, the members of BCCI's Ground and Wickets committee including newly appointed chairman Venkat Sundaram, and members Dhiraj Parsana, Daljit Singh, Prabir Mukherjee and Anand Shukla are taking part in the deliberations at the headquarters of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) at the Eden Gardens.
Inaugurating the workshop, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said that two experts from Toro - a Delhi-based equipment suppliers and ground management expert organisation - have been invited to the meet. Fertiliser Association of India Additional Director General Dr B C Biswas would be present on Sunday. The recommendations of the workshop would be placed at the next meeting of the Board's working committee.