BCCI to issue directives on pitch preparation

Published: Saturday, October 30, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:Stung by the Nagpur reverse, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today said it might issue directives to host associations on pitch preparation for international ties in future if necessary.

India were undone on a grassy pitch at the VCA ground here, losing the third Test to Australia by a huge 342-run margin and with it the four-match series.

Board secretary S K Nair said he had asked for feedback from the team management and all other parties concerned on the wicket here.

"I will not comment on the wicket but the BCCI would call for feedbacks from all the concerned parties, the team management, the curator and the pitch committee of the Board and then would deliberate on the issue," Nair said.

"If needed the Board will take corrective measures in future and if necessary would also issue directives to the associations staging matches," he said.

Captain Sourav Ganguly had hit out at the pitch prepared for the tie saying he had asked the curator to shave off the grass, "But he had not done enough".

Ganguly pulled out of the tie on the morning of the tie citing an upper thigh strain for which he was receiving treatment.

Australia's stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist also added fuel to the pitch controversy, describing the wicket on match-eve as "Australian type" in appearance and made a similar statement after the match.

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