New Delhi: The ground staff at the two Cuttack grounds that will host Group B matches of the upcoming women’s World Cup is focussed on preparing batting-friendly pitches and fast outfield so that more runs are scored and spectators get their money’s worth.
For that, the curators are rolling the pitches a lot so that they produce a lot of runs and will leave little grass in the outfield so that the ball races to the boundary.
The Group B matches were shifted to Cuttack after Shiv Sena opposed the matches involving the Pakistani team as a mark of protest following the recent incidents at the India-Pakistan border.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) then tried moving the matches to Ahmedabad, but the Gujarat Cricket Association refused to host them.
Then the matches were relocated to Cuttack after Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) agreed to host them. Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa comprise Group B. India, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka are in Group A. The matches will be held at the Barabati Stadium and the Dhaneshwar Rath Institute of Engineering and Management Studies (DRIEMS) Stadium in Tangi.
Chief OCA curator Pankaj Pattnaik said that the preparation is underway. "The cricket season is currently on and several matches have been played at these venues here. So, there’s not really much work to do on the grounds,” Pattnaik, a former Orissa Ranji Trophy player, told Mail Today from Cuttack.
"We are trying to make pitches that provide good bounce and also suit batswomen. For that, we would be cutting the grass on the pitches. And we will try to make the outfield a fast one.” Three curators are working on the pitches and two others are handling the machines, like the mechanical rollers and grass cutters etc. They also operate the super sopper, when required.
"In addition to them, we hire daily wagers whenever we need more people to tend to the ground,” Pattnaik said.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to announce a revised tournament schedule. As per the original schedule, the tournament was to begin on January 31 and the final was to be played on February 17 in Mumbai. "We are working through the logistics and as soon as they are confirmed we will be sending out a media release [ regarding the tournament schedule],” Colin Gibson, head of ICC’s media and communications, told MAIL TODAY .
Women's World Cup: Cuttack to have batting pitches
The games were shifted to Cuttack after a political party opposed Pakistan's presence in Mumbai.By Qaiser Mohammad Ali | Mail Today – Mon 21 Jan, 2013 2:40 PM IST
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