Green pitches for Ranji Trophy, a good move:Shukla

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Published: Monday, November 5, 2012, 11:41 [IST]
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Good to have green tops in India: Shukla

Ghaziabad, Nov 5: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked curators to come up with green pitches for the Ranji Trophy season that began a couple of days ago in order to improve the pitches in the domestic circuit.

Rajeev Shukla, a senior officer at BCCI, also the Chairman of IPL said that it was a welcome move as the Board had plans to improve the domestic circuit.

"It is a good move. We generally see the team fare on faster tracks overseas. I think now things will improve for good in the country," said Shukla.

Conditions in India suit spinners especially in the sub-continent, which has been a disadvantage for the cricketers as they are finding it tough to play abroad, which has exposed their weakness to bouncy tracks.

Given India's history of winning at various venues, it is evident that the cricketers aren't exposed to pace and bounce elsewhere as they take more time to acclimitize to the conditions and have to undergo a lot of humiliation.

India's 4-0 defeats to England and Australia is a result of nurturing our cricketers to spinner-friendly tracks, as they did not have enough exposure to play on such fast tracks as the end result was humilating.

"A lot of people, including cricketers, have been demanding faster tracks in India and now since they are getting it is good. Now our players won't suffer on overseas tours," Shukla added.

Aravind Dogra, chief curator at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Ghaziabad, said that he was relieved to see the ball carrying to the wicket-keeper after he was asked to prepare green pitches for the domestic circuit.

"We were instructed by the board to make green tops and faster wickets. When I saw on Friday morning that the ball was carrying to the wicketkeeper to his shoulder level, I was a relieved man," said Dogra, when asked about why a heavy amount of grass was left of the wicket.

"It was good to see so many fast bowlers taking wickets. It looks a good cricketing turf."

With the introduction of green tops, we can expect our fast bowlers to come in handy against batsmen and prepare themselves ahead of overseas tours.


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