CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has once again appeared in the news for its innovative ideas in preparing pitches under adverse conditions. In the latest scenario, the ground staff has been seen using coal to remove the moisture still left on the pitch despite being covered for the last few days.
The havoc created by cyclone Vardah laid several problems before the Tamil Nadu cricket association ahead of the India vs England, 5th test. The sight-screen at the pavilion end was completely damaged and the ground staff was seen working on it tirelessly on Thursday. Also, the seats in the stands, which were all over the place on Wednesday, were back in place. The outfield looked dry and the grass was leveled according to the instruction of the curator.
Interestingly, the ground staff has used plates of burning coal on the pitch to make it dry quickly. “We at times use this method to remove any dampness from the pitch and today we treated the pitch with coals for about 30-45 minutes”, said a ground staff. It is not new for the Tamil Nadu Cricket association to take innovative steps when it comes to pitch preparation. Back in 2011, before a World cup match, a tent was set up over the pitch to make sure that too much heat does not lead to cracks.
However, both the teams may not get a practice session ahead of the fifth test as the ground staff’s work is still in progress. “We cannot provide them with a practice pitch due to the unfavorable ground condition and instead asked them to have a fielding session. Even we did not get a request from them to arrange for practice in some alternate ground”, the secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket association Mr. Kasi Viswanathan said.
‘A dry wicket with bounce assistance for spinners’ is what a traditional Chepauk pitch offers. Ravichandran Ashwin, the home boy will look forward to making use of the conditions as the match starts on 16 December 2016. India has already won the five-match test series with 3-0 lead.