No chance for complaint on Green Park pitch, asserts Curator

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Kanpur, Nov 19 (UNI) The pitch of Green Park stadium here which had received flak from the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the last Test played between India and South Africa in April 2008, would invite no complaints, assures the curator Shiv Kumar.

''We have left no chances to complain this time as the match referee Roshan Mahanama had given a poor remark on the state of the pitch last time,''Mr Kumar said talking to UNI today. He said the directions of the BCCI were followed this time.

According to the curator, the India-England One-day International to be played tomorrow would have a real sporting wicket much to the enjoyment of the spectataors.

Kumar, however, does not fully agree with the criticism of preparing a bad pitch, saying ''Had it been so the last pair of Srisant and Ishant Sharma would have not been able to score 50 runs and also the South Africa openers would not have added 60 runs in second innings.'' He said the Green park stadium had the record of both maximum and minimum runs in aninnings by India which scored the minimum of 78 against Sri Lanka in 1986 while during a 2007 Indo-Pak match, India had scored 294 runs to defea the rivals by 46 runs.

The curator of Green Park pitch hoped India would cross the maximum 294 runs this time. Even if one looks at the form Indian team is maintaining, the high score is very much on the cards.

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