After Maharashtra's 764/6, Pune pitch to be checked, says chief curator Daljit Singh

On the one hand, India is looking for sporting wickets to make domestic cricket more competitive and at par with international levels but on the other, problems still remain as super flat decks do not really judge a batsman's capabilities or the bowlers' agility.

updated: November 11, 2012 17:28 IST
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New Delhi: The Chairman of BCCI's pitches and grounds committee Daljit Singh on Sunday said that the 22-yard strip at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune needs to be monitored after Maharashtra scored a whopping 738/5 in the first two days of the Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh.

"I am very satisfied how the wicket played during the first-round matches. Ghaziabad and Lahli are the two best wickets but I am a little bit worried about the Pune strip that has produced 700-plus scores. We need to have a proper look at the pitch. Also, the wicket at Surat," Chief Curator Daljit Singh told PTI as he came for an inspection of the Ferozeshah Kotla pitch.

"The BCCI's directives regarding the wicket that would be prepared for the Ranji Trophy is pretty clear. It should be a sporting wicket where a standard a first innings score should be in the region of 550 plus and it shouldn't start turning square from the first day itself," he said.

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