Broad wants cracks in pitch laws narrowed

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:Match referee Chris Broad is planning to ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to prohibit repairs being made to a pitch during a match.

The fourth day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia in Durban yesterday was shrouded in controversy when the Kingsmead groundstaff repaired a hole in the pitch before the start of play.

''There is nothing specific in the laws of the game that says you can't, so I will recommend to the ICC that something like that is put in,'' Broad said in a televised interview on Tuesday.

''There are obviously cracks here and they have got wider as the game's gone on, and they will break up and that's the nature of the pitch over five days.

''You just have to accept that sometimes a ball will find the edge of the crack and will take pieces out.

''That's just wear and tear on the pitch and it should be allowed to wear and tear so that it becomes more difficult to bat on as the game goes on.'' Broad, who ordered the repair to be undone at first drinks break yesterday, referred to a similar situation that arose in the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Hamilton in 2003-04.

''There was a piece that came out of the pitch, the groundsman repaired the piece before the umpires arrived at the ground, and of course (match referee) Clive Lloyd told him to take it out again and take it back to the way it was.''

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