IPL ropes in Aussie curator for pitches

Published: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: The Indian Premier League (IPL) has roped in veteran Australian curator Les Burdett for educating curators and groundsmen to prepare sporting wickets at various IPL venues.

Burdett, who has been associated with the Australian provincial side Southern Australia, would conduct a two-day seminar in Mohali on March 11 and 12 regarding wicket preparation for the multi-million dollar league that starts from April 18.

The 56-year-old, curator of Adelaide Oval for over three decades,  has helped various cricketing countries in the art of ground and wicket making and is a familiar face in symposia and seminars on the subject.

"The in-charges of all the staging centres of IPL have been asked to attend the seminar," said BCCI's ground and pitches committee chairman Daljit Singh.

Daljit, who is the overall in-charge of wicket preparation for the IPL, said the staging associations have been asked to ensure that pitches had 'good carry and pace'.

"The pitches will have good carry and pace. So that there is a good first innings score and the team batting second has a good total to chase," Daljit said.

"We want wickets conducive to the Twenty20 format. The centres have been asked to prepare hard wickets with good bounce," Daljit said.

Daljit said the pitches should neither have lateral movement nor be spinner-friendly as such wickets were not good for the slam-bang variety of cricket.

He said he and other members of the ground and pitches committee would tour all the IPL venues "and see the preparation for ourselves."

"But ultimately the responsibility for wicket preparation rests with the staging associations," he said.

The IPL authorities were also planning to announce some incentives, which could be in the form of a monetary prize, to be given to staging associations which come up with good Twenty20 tracks.

"The matter is now in proposal form only. And a final decision is yet to be taken," he added.


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