Bengal coach Arun Lal on Monday rated the pitch for their Ranji Trophy final towards Saurashtra as “very poor” and mentioned the BCCI should probe how such a sub-commonplace floor was ready for the large sport. Far too many balls stored low on the opening day, particularly within the final session, as Saurashtra reached 206 for 5 at shut of play. “Very poor wicket. The board has to look into things like these. The ball is not coming up. This is not good for cricket. The ball is not getting off, it is dusting, reversing. Very poor,” Lal, who performed 16 Tests and 13 ODIs for India, mentioned after the day’s play.
The 64-year-outdated felt the curator didn’t do his job when requested if the final should have been held at a impartial venue. “No, net necessarily (on neutral venue). You have got neutral curators. The board should look into it. Send your curator 15 days before the game. Even the curator has not done a good job.”
Asked if he would communicate to BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly on the matter, Lal mentioned: “That is not my job. They should look into it on their own.” The potent Bengal tempo assault focused the stumps within the final session with the ball protecting low, getting three wickets in return. The guests bought two within the afternoon session and none within the morning.
“We had to attack the batsman (in third session). You have to contain runs, like I said it is a poor wicket. Medium pacer is bowling with one slip and there is no chance of ball carrying it to slips. It would be a disgrace if the ball starts rolling through on day three,” mentioned Lal. Talking in regards to the sport, Lal mentioned there’s a lengthy option to go and he’s glad after day one.
“Yes, I am. This is a long game. 15 sessions have to be played, we have played three. We will fight till the end whatever the result. We don’t focus on the result. We focus on what we do best. If we keep them to under 300 in the first innings, I will be happy.”
On Sudip Kumar Gharami making his first-class debut in a giant final, Lal added: “He is a young boy and immensely talented who is playing U-23 for Bengal. Someone else made his debut in the Ranji final and went on to captain India successfully. May be he would emulate him (referring to Ganguly).”