Kotla fiasco: BCCI dissolves pitch committee

Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 17:35 [IST]
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 BCCI dissolves pitch committee

New Delhi: In a face-saving measure, BCCI on Sunday dissolved its grounds and pitches committee with immediate effect after the final one-dayer between India and Sri Lanka was called off due to a dangerous Feroz Shah Kotla pitch.

"Board of Indian Cricket Board has disbanded its grounds and pitches committee with immediate effect," BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan, who is also the convenor of the committee, said in a statement on Sunday.

The committee was headed by Daljit Singh, the chief BCCI curator. Apart from Daljit, who also represents the North Zone, other members of the committee are - Dhiraj Prasanna (West Zone curator), Ritul Das (East Zone), PR Vishwanathan (South Zone), Rajiv Gokhale (Central).

The final ODI between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned after 23.3 overs as the players and match officials felt that the pitch was not fit for playing with the ball shooting and jumping on an uneven track. The Sri Lankan batsmen were in all sorts of trouble, getting hit by the misbehaving deliveries.

This is the second instance in India where a match was called off due to dangerous playing conditions. Last time it happened in 1997 during an ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Indore, when the match was stopped after just three overs and the ICC banned the venue for two years.

The Kotla Stadium might also face the ICC's wrath, as according to ICC's latest code of conduct regarding poor pitches, first such breach should be met with a suspension of the venue's international status for a period of between 12 and 24 months.


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