Tricky Eden strip comes under BCCI scanner

Published: Monday, April 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Erratic behaviour of the pitch at Eden Gardens during the Kolkata-Hyderabad IPL T20 tie that saw wickets tumble like ninepins will be probed.
On a under-preapered wicket 15 wickets fell for 222 runs in less than 38 overs, with both Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman taking the body blows due to unpredictable bounce.

Hyderabad skipper Laxman rued that Eden pitch was 'shocker.'

He said, ''this sort of wicket would not help the slam bang type of cricket or for that matter any version of the sport.''

Before being dismissed for duck last night, Laxman hurt his fingers from an Ishant Sharma delivery. Even deliveries from Andrew Symonds saw ball rising above the batsman's head and Adam Gilchrist behind the wicket had a tough time.

All the players, including Ganguly was critical of the erratic behaviour of the pitch.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Niranjan Shah said the IPL's technical committee and Cricket Association of Bengal would probe all aspects of the pitch to ensure good cricket at Eden Gardens.

The central pitch was used at Eden in the first match.

Eden will host its second match on April 29 between Kolkata and Mumbai Indians.


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