Oz curators deny claims of being responsible for team's demise

Sydney, Aug 20 (ANI): Australian state pitch curators have expressed their anger at being painted as architects of Australia's cricketing demise after Cricket Australia introduced rules where a state can be docked points if a wicket is deemed too much in favour of fast bowlers.

According to news.com.au, if 14 wickets fall on the first day of a Sheffield Shield match the hosts are scrutinized and curators are angry that they are seen as deliberately producing wickets to favour home teams.

A series of emails have been exchanged between curators expressing deep concern over the new rules, the report said.

Some curators feel their integrity has been questioned and that poor weather and early starts to the season had affected their preparations last summer, the report added.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said last week that he expected curators to be preparing pitches that are the equivalent of a day one, one and a half, day two Test pitch for the start of a Shield game.

He said that the pitches needed to be drier at the start and be wearing later to bring spinners into play, as well as give batsmen more of a chance, certainly on the first day of a game. (ANI)

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