Following the defeat within the first Test in Chennai, the Indian cricket board has eliminated its curator who was to supervise the pitch preparation on the MA Chidambaram Stadium for the second Test, beginning on Saturday.
Now, the Indian team management is overseeing the pitch preparation together with chief native groundsman V Ramesh Kumar, who hadn’t ready a pitch even for a first-class sport earlier than the primary Test that India misplaced to England right here on Tuesday. Now, Kumar has been assigned the essential job of getting ready the pitch, for which black soil might be used as a substitute of crimson.
The hole between the primary and the second Test, which is to start on February 13, is simply of three days. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) curator Taposh Chatterjee of Central Zone was sent off instantly after the primary match and, as a substitute, tasked to supervise the preparation of pitches for the Vijay Hazare Trophy matches in Indore and Jaipur.
The improvement is unusual contemplating that the BCCI panel of curators, which was to be reviewed and revised on the its annual basic assembly in December, has 4 others moreover Chatterjee within the elite panel. Ashish Bhowmick, who will put together the Motera wicket for the third and fourth Tests towards England, Prashanth Ok, Sunil Chauhan, and Prakash Adhav are the others. There had been 5 different curators within the rising panel earlier.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) confirmed the event.
“Taposh has left. He was there for the first match. V Ramesh Kumar will oversee the preparation for the second Test,” TNCA secretary RS Ramaswamy advised IANS.
Kumar is a businessman and had, prior to now, not even ready a first-class wicket.
“It is a surprise that no BCCI curator is at the spot as the BCCI sent back Taposh after the first Test when the players showed their displeasure with the way the pitch [for first Test] behaved on the first two days. The MA Chidambaram Stadium has not had a proper curator for a long time. Earlier, K Parthasarathy, the head groundsman, was looking after it, but he was has not been a regular in the past few years,” mentioned a supply near the event.
“The wicket for the second Test is being prepared under the supervision of the team management. There has been no proper watering. The surface for the first Test had red soil and the pitch to be used for the second match is of black soil,” he mentioned.
Over the final 15 years, the Chennai pitch has attracted plenty of consideration because of lack of grass and its bizarre behaviour because of combination of crimson and black soils. The pitch for the subsequent sport can also be a mixture, with its topping being of black soil whereas the one used for first Test was totally of crimson soil.
“At other grounds like Bengaluru, Kolkata, or Mumbai, the grass recovers quickly. But not in Chennai nowadays. There are a combination of reasons for this. One is that there are far too many matches being played and the other is the Ranji Trophy team’s demands. You would have noticed in the Indian Premier League also that chasing is always difficult here. There is no proper curator looking after it,” he mentioned.
The final Test held in Chennai previous to the just-concluded first Test was additionally towards England, in 2016-17. That pitch was ready by BCCI curator PR Viswanathan, who has since retired.
The ongoing Test collection is going on throughout Covid-19 and there are back-to-back video games at every venue, an uncommon occurring.
Experts consider that ideally the pitch (No. 2) for the primary Test ought to have been used for the second and the one getting used for second (No. 5) ought to have been used for the primary.
“The reason is that the black soil retains water, so in the three-day gap before the second Test, only 10-20 litres water can be allowed at best. Otherwise, if you put more, the surface, due to heavy clay content, will retain water. If they had used pitch No.2, the red soil one, for this game instead, then you could have given more water in the three-day gap and it would have dried easily as that soil doesn’t hold water. Now, due to dryness and no water, the black soil wicket can crumble early. It can also keep low,” mentioned an official.
Former head of BCCI pitches and grounds committee, Daljeet Singh, defined the charcaters of various pitches.
“I cannot comment on the Chennai pitch as I am not at the venue, if you mix soils it is difficult to predict a pitch’s character. Black soil has more clay content, clay particle is the smallest in soil. The more the particles, the more water it will hold. But red soil has more silt and has more wear and tear as it gets dried and breaks easily for spin. It doesn’t hold water,” he mentioned, explaining the science of pitch making.
Daljeet additionally praised the pitch for the primary Test. “It lasted five days. That is what a Test match wicket is.”