Gandevi Soil, most preferred for cricket pitches

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Surat, May 5 (UNI) Now most of the national and international cricket pitches are likely to have a Gujarat flavour, as five villages of Gandevi Taluka in Navsari district, are producing soil which is most perfect for cricket pitches.

The red coloured soil, which contains ample amount of Bauxite and lignite, can prepare a bouncy pitch under any type of climate.

The pitch prepared can last even for test-matches, where bounce is needed very much. The most important factor is that this soil is available only in Gandevi, according to Paresh Adhwaryu, member of Navsari District Cricket Association.

Mr Adhwaryu said, ''The soil contains all the qualities needed for a good pitch and soon will be utilized at every cricket stadium.'' ''This soil is available in five villages Pathri, Azrai, Ghanori, Desad and Duwada of Gandevi Taluka at a span of 100 km. Out of five layers available in the soil, red-oily and light orange type is of best quality needed for any cricket pitch,'' Mr Adhwaryu said, adding that the soil was first used at IPCL ground in Vadodara in 2001.

The Gujarat Mines and Mineral Department has visited the village and confirmed about the quality of the soil. Besides this, Anshuman Gaekwad, Kiran More and Dhiraj Palsana (Curator of Sardar Patel Stadium of Ahmedabad) have visited the village and checked the soil.

He said that the soil is being utilized for making cricket pitches at Surat, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Vadodara, including other states, while foreign countries like Pakistan, Australia and Sri-Lanka have been asked for soil samples.

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