In order to avoid the wrath of the pink ball in the historic Test to be held at the Eden Gardens between India and Bangladesh, pink ball have to avoid getting dew and dirty. The BCCI pitch and grounds committee took care of these things in the Duleep Trophy matches for the first time in the country in July-September 2016.
Former head of the BCCI’s Daljit Singh makes it clear that in order to avoid pink ball movement in Kolkata, less grass will have to be placed on the ground and bigger grass on the pitch. According to Daljit, the grass on the pitch should not be green but brown. Otherwise the contest will end soon.
Curator Daljit Singh, Tapas and Shivkumar of UPCA have experience in preparing pitches for pink ball in the country. Together, these three had prepared pitches for the pink ball of the Duleep Trophy at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Stadium in Greater Noida.
According to Daljit, it was a big challenge at that time, because before that there was a pink night ball test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide. He asked for the feedback of this test match. After that started work for the Duleep Trophy pitches. The biggest problem was that the pink ball was quickly becoming dirty. This problem will also be avoided in Kolkata.
In one-day cricket, the ICC uses two white balls for 25-25 overs to keep the ball from getting dirty, but in Test cricket the ball is replaced after 80 overs. If the grass is low on the pitch it will have direct contact with the soil and the ball will quickly become dirty. Therefore, neither the batsman nor the fielders standing on the boundary will be seen in the evening and night time.
In such a situation, the ball will have to be saved from getting dirty. For this, the grass will have to be larger than normal on the pitch. If this grass remains green, fast bowlers will get the benefit of the thick seam of SG's pink ball and there will be opportunities for the Test to end soon. Brown grass will have to be placed on the pitch for the benefit of both the pacer and the spinner. Shivkumar, curator of Green Park Kanpur, who prepares the pitch in the Duleep Trophy, reveals that during that time the grass was placed on the pitch six to seven millimeters to keep the ball from getting dirty. While normally three to four millimeters of grass is kept.
Daljeet, who has been the chief curator of BCCI for two decades, reveals that the sun sets quickly after three and a half hours in Kolkata. He himself has played in Kolkata for 22 years. During this time dew will fall quickly. Will have to take care of dew. For this, there will be less grass in the outfield so that water in the out field will be stopped and the moisture does not remain. If there is moisture, the ball will soon be wet. Due to less grass in the outfield, the dew effect will be reduced.
Measures to deal with dew have to be adopted during the Test match. For this, the medicine have to be sprinkled on the grass so that the dew will sit down, as well as the dew will be removed from the cracks. Daljit makes it clear that curators in Kolkata are sensible. They know everything and they have good resources.