BCCI embraces proven three-layer pitch preparation


The BCCI is embracing new technology in a big way in all spheres, including preparation of pitches for domestic tournaments.

As part of this policy, the Board is encouraging its state associations to use a proven three-layer pitch-making formula that would help raise the standard of the game as it would give equal opportunities to batsmen and bowlers to flourish.

All those associations that will henceforth re-lay pitches or are constructing new stadiums are employing the three-layer formula that entails using a certain mix of clay, coarse sand and percolator pipes etc. Till now, pitches comprised more than three layers.

“This has been scientifically researched and proven in Australia, whose climatic conditions are very similar to India’s – hot and humid. So, this kind of pitch preparation suits Indian pitches too,” a member of the BCCI’s pitches and grounds committee told Mail Today. This new method is being reinforced at the ongoing second Curators’ Certification Course in Bangalore. A total of 25 curators and seven, who failed in one subject in the first course are being given another opportunity to clear the exam, are taking part in the 16-day course.

In the three-layer method, the preparation starts by digging the ground usually 16 inches deep. This bottom-most layer is four inches high and is filled with coarse sand with slight slope. A percolator pipe is also inserted at the bottom layer for excess water to drain away.

The middle layer is filled with sandy loam soil, which usually comprises about 90 per cent sand and 10 per cent clay. The top layer is eight-inch high and tested clay soil is used to fill it up.

Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI general manager (game development), said that the new methods would help raise the standard of the game in the long run.

“People who have been working in the states will now have an idea what they have been doing and what they can do [by using new methods of pitch preparation] as these are the people who are going to be there in the long run,” Shetty told Mail Today. “We also hope that the associations will take note of this [new methods leaned] and give them good package to retain them,” he emphasised.

The curators at the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy were addressed by Javagal Srinath, an ICC match referee. “Srinath generally told us how referees evaluate pitches and grounds. He advised us that when we work on the field, we should be honest, courageous and fair to the game,” a curator told Mail Today.

Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved

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