I wanted to prepare a better pitch: Kotla curator

The curator at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground blamed the BCCI head curator Daljit Singh for the placid Kotla track.

updated: October 31, 2008 15:40 IST
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New Delhi:

The curator at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground, Radhey Shyam Sharma, on Friday blamed the BCCI head curator Daljit Singh for the placid track on offer that could seriously affect India's bid to wrap up the Test series against Australia.

Radhey Shyam, the curator who prepared the Delhi pitch for the famous 1999 Test against Pakistan in which current India captain Anil Kumble got the Perfect 10, is to retire after the third Test.

He wanted to prepare a result-oriented pitch but said he was not allowed to do so by the BCCI head curator and Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium curator Daljit.

This is my last-ever Test match as curator here and I wanted to prepare a good pitch which is result-oriented. However, the Test match that is being played on right now doesnt appear to be heading towards a result, Radhey Shyam said.

The slow nature of the pitch and lack of pace and bounce has triggered criticism from both Indian and Australian camps over the last few days, but Radhey Sham said he was not to blame.

I wanted to leave some grass on the pitch and that is how I had prepared the surface. However Daljit Singh intervened and most of the grass was shaved off. But I guess some things are not in my control, said Radhey Shyam.

Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) vice-president Chetan Chauhan, however, played down the controversy.

Such difference of opinion happens. Both curators feel they can outdo each other and prepare good pitches. It is all part and parcel of the game, said Chauhan.