Ranji Trophy: BCCI asks curators to prepare fast tracks

Ghaziabad, Nov 3 (IANS) In its bid to make home pitches pacer-friendly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as asked all curators to make green tops for the Ranji Trophy.

Arvind Dogra, chief curator of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, told IANS Saturday that he had been asked by the BCCI to prepare fast wickets for the ongoing Ranji Trophy tie between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

"We were instructed by the board to make green tops and faster wickets. When I saw on Friday morning that the ball was carrying to the wicketkeeper to his shoulder level, I was a relieved man," said Dogra, when asked about why a heavy amount of grass was left of the wicket.

"It was good to see so many fast bowlers taking wickets. It looks a good cricketing turf."

Importantly, of the 11 wickets that fell Friday in this Group B match, 10 were taken by fast bowlers and one by a spinner.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale was not reachable for his comments despite repeated calls.

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