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Karnail Singh pitch comes under the scanner,again

In his report Sundaram mentioned that the curator was absent from the venue due to personal problems,and it was just three groundsmen who were in charge at the venue

Sanjay Jagdale,joint-secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),will look into the preparation of the pitches used over the course of the Ranji Trophy season.

Though pitch review was not a part of the working committee’s agenda,it is understood that Jagdale will bring up the issue of how some of the associations may have deliberately under-prepared tracks in search of results. One such case is that of the Karnail Singh Stadium track,where the crucial Saurashtra-Railways final league match ended in a little over two days.

A report submitted by BCCI North Zone curator Venkat Sundaram to Jagdale few days back mentions how Railways’ Karnail Singh track— which saw 18 wickets fall on Day One followed by another 18 the next day — was poorly prepared in an attempt to precipitate an outright win for the home team which was seeking qualification.

In his report Sundaram mentioned that the curator was absent from the venue due to personal problems,and it was just three groundsmen who were in charge at the venue. “It appears the pitch has been deliberately left under prepared as the Railways seek an outright result to bolster their chances of remaining/progressing up the league table,” Sundaram wrote in his report to Jagadale.

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Prannoy Roy,who was the match referee during the game,had informed Sundaram that the business area of the pitch was deliberately left dry and stripped of grass.”The area beyond the batting crease,at both ends,ie four feet in front of the batting crease,had been brushed and the grass had been completely removed,” said the referee.

The BCCI had earlier warned Railways’ ground staff that there were many complaints regarding the quality of pitches at the Karnail Singh Stadium,and in the event of a written complaint,the board would take the matter seriously.