It’s back to school for curators

After pitches across the country came under criticism during the domestic season,the Board of Control for Cricket in India will ask curators to undergo courses in preparing wickets

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: April 2, 2012 12:13 am

After pitches across the country came under criticism during the domestic season,the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will ask curators to undergo courses in preparing wickets. The BCCI will seek the help of pitch consultant Andy Atkinson,who has also worked for the ICC in the same capacity during the 2006 Champions Trophy and the 2011 World Cup.

The BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar confirmed the development to The Indian Express. “We have had courses for umpires and coaches before,but never one for curators,who are also very important. The course will help curators understand more about how one can have proper pitches,” Shetty explained.

When BCCI introduced its course for umpires a few years back,it listed the help of Cricket Australia,before designing courses themselves. Shetty also said that Atkinson’s awareness of the Indian setup made him the right candidate for the job.

“Atkinson will be involved purely as an expert. He has been here many times before. He knows various curators and is aware of the set up and hence we decide to go for his opinion,” he said. One of the suggestions is to enlist the help of various zonal curators to pass on Atkinson’s suggestions and advice to other curators in the rest of the country.

“The idea of having a course for curators is to help them know where they are going right and wrong,” Shetty added.

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