BCCI pitch expert likely to visit Eden,option for foreign expert

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Kolkata, Apr 22 (UNI) Concerned over widespread criticism of the pitch at the Eden Gardens, the BCCI has asked its pitch and ground committee chairman Daljit Singh to visit the stadium, even as the IPL was contemplating hiring an Australian expert to have his opinion.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary M P Pandove has directed Singh to visit the ground immediately following Sunday's low scoring match between the Kolkata and Hyderabad IPL's T20 teams.

Deccan Chargers,Hyderabad, skipper VVS Laxman was highly critical of the central pitch's condition at Eden Gardens. He was joined by Sourav Ganguly, captain of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Only 222 runs were scored in two innings in 37.4 overs that saw tumbling of fifteen wickets, which was not expected in the T20 version of cricket that required plenty of scoring for crowd amusement, sources here said.

The BCCI has already expressed its concern at the Eden pitch to its affiliate member, Cricket Associaton of Bengal, responsible for the Eden Gardens.

CAB secretary Prasun Mukherjee, KKR skipper Sourav Ganguly and Eden pitch curator Kalyan Mitra are expected to meet later today to discuss the condition of Eden pitch that behaved unpredictably on April 20.

The KKR would face its second home match against Mumbai on April 29.

Red Chillies Entertainment, owner of KKR, also offered its connection to bring Australian pitch expert Les Burdett if the CAB had no objection.

Since the pitch did not behave as expected, the CAB had no problem if Red Chillies Entertainment could arrange a foreign expert, Mr Mukherjee had said.

Although an expert committee report was awaited on the pitch, a primary report said that crust of the surface came off causing huge difficulty to batsmen.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah had said the IPL's technical committee and the CAB would probe all aspects of the pitch to ensure good cricket at the Eden Gardens.

KKR coach John Buchanon and Jay Mehta, husband of Juhi Chawla, stakeholders of Red Chillies entertainment, had offered to fly Les Burdett from Adelaide to have his opinion on the pitch.


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