Pitch under scrutiny after 2-day finish in Patiala
Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |

Published: February 7, 2020 1:49:18 am


Ranji trophy, Ranji Trophy Punjab vs Andhra, Andhra vs Punjab Ranji Trophy, Andhra vs Punjab, Punjab vs Andhra, cricket news, sports news, Indian Express The BCCI does this when it feels the pitch shouldn’t be conducive (to good cricket).

The BCCI has requested for an evidence from its impartial curator on the Patiala pitch that hosted the Ranji Trophy match between Punjab and Andhra. Ishtyaque Khan was the impartial curator on the venue from the BCCI’s Emerging Panel, whereas Talwinder Singh was the native curator. As per the BCCI guidelines, impartial curators supervise pitch preparations for the Ranji Trophy matches.

The match between Punjab and Andhra, performed on February four and 5, completed inside two days, with Punjab profitable by 4 wickets. Spinners from each side accounted for 31 wickets in the sport. It is learnt that BCCI common supervisor (cricket operations) Saba Karim has written to the pinnacle of the cricket board’s panel of curators Ashish Bhowmick, asking for a report from the impartial curator on the pitch. The BCCI does this when it feels the pitch shouldn’t be conducive (to good cricket). Apart from the impartial curator, match referee Prakash Bhatt, too, should submit a report back to the BCCI.

The Patiala District Cricket Association secretary RP Pandove knowledgeable that the impartial curator took cost of the bottom on January 29. “He came here on 29th. After that our local ground staff/curator worked under his direction,” Pandove informed The Indian Express. He, nonetheless, defended the pitch, saying: “I didn’t see any problem with the pitch. Rather, what I felt was that the batsmen tried to play too many shots. Fast bowlers got purchase from the surface as well. Siddarth Kaul took five wickets in the first innings.”

With 5 groups qualifying for the knockouts from the Elite, Group A and B mixed, six factors in opposition to Andhra took Punjab to the fourth place – 24 factors from seven matches – with one sport remaining. “It’s a big issue. It could be seen as an abuse of the points system,” a state affiliation office-bearer informed this paper.

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