BCCI curators monitor pitch preparations in Ahmedabad
What will happen to ICC pitching consultant Andy Atkinson is a question that has been floating around as New Zealand was nowhere to be seen during the pitch preparation 48 hours before the World Cup final between India and Australia. It is learned that Atkinson has arrived here on Friday evening and will take part in the preparations on Saturday.
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“Andy hasn’t gone back home. He came with the ICC delegation this afternoon and therefore did not appear. He will be available tomorrow to check the track preparation,” an ICC source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
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Atkinson is not exactly a favorite with the BCCI brass after he accused the host nation of changing the track for the semi-final between India and New Zealand from a fresh one to a new one.
However, the ICC later issued a clarification that there is no such rule regarding the retention of winning matches and Atkinson was informed of the development in advance.
On Friday, Ashish Bhowmick, BCCI’s senior chief of ground team and second in command Taposh Chatterjee, along with former India skipper and BCCI GM (Home Cricket) Kuruvilla Abbey, closely monitored the pitch preparations for the final. mega on Sunday.
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It was not possible to confirm whether the track to be used for the final is a used one or a new surface. But the two senior custodians and BCCI GM monitored the use of a heavy roller on the designated 22-yard strip.
“If you’re using a heavy roller on a black strip of soil, the idea is to create a slow batting track where you can get a big score but maybe you can’t hit through the line consistently. 315 could be a defensible score as batting second will be difficult,” explained the state association keeper.
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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, along with key skippers KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, had a clean sweep, accompanied by reserve players Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Prasidh Krishna.
As usual, Rohit and Dravid spent a lot of time looking at the track and also had extensive discussions with Bhowmick and Chatterjee.
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