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Friday, December 16, 2005

Pitch perfect

Not quite sure what to make of this report, on the pitch for the third India-Sri Lanka Test. Here are two bits from the same article:
Despite getting only limited time to prepare the wicket for the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka from December 18, the curator of the Motera stadium Dheeraj Parsanna expects the wicket to behave well and offer bounce during the early part of the match.
"I had started the preparation five days ago. This is the same pitch where the Duleep Trophy final was held (mid-November) but the time given has been enough to get it to shape", Parsanna told reporters here on Friday.

And
"How can you even say that the wicket is underprepared. Now a days it needs only 10 days to prepare a pitch," the curator said.

I have no knowledge of how the pitch looks and is shaping -- but the two comments are, in juxtaposition, interesting. (1) It takes 10 days to prepare a pitch (not sure there is a formula of that kind, actually -- depends on many factors, such as weather conditions, soil type, and such, but let that pass) and (2) The curator started preparations five days ago.
What to make of that?

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