BCCI curators monitor pitch preparations, Atkinson to join tomorrow

What will be the ICC field consultant Andy Atkinson“The future was a question floating around as the New Zealander was nowhere to be seen during the 48-hour field preparations before the World Cup final between India and Australia here.

It is learned that Atkinson arrived here on Friday evening and will take part in the preparations tomorrow.

“Andy has not gone back home. He came with the ICC delegation this evening so he did not turn up. He will be available tomorrow to check the preparation of the track,” an ICC source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Atkinson did not exactly go down well with the BCCI brass after he accused the host nation of changing the track for the semi-final between India and New Zealand from fresh to used.

However, the ICC later issued a clarification that there is no such rule regarding the retention of winning matches and Atkinson was informed of the development in advance.

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On Friday, BCCI’s two senior chief executives Ashish Bhowmick and second in charge Taposh Chatterjee, along with former India seamer and BCCI GM (Home Cricket) Abbey Kuruvilla closely monitored the pitch preparations for the mega final on. Sunday.

It could not be confirmed if the track to be used for the final is a used track or a fresh surface. But the two senior custodians and BCCI GM monitored the use of a heavy roller on the designated 22-yard strip.

“If you’re using a heavy roller on a black strip of soil, the idea is to create a slow batting track where you can get a big score but maybe you can’t consistently hit through the line. A score of 315 could be justifiable as the second batting it will be difficult,” the state association keeper explained.

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, along with key skippers KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, had a clean sweep, accompanied by reserve players Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Prasidh Krishna.

As usual, Rohit and Dravid spent a lot of time looking at the track and also had extensive discussions with Bhowmick and Chatterjee.

(With agency input)

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