Mohali (Punjab), Feb 27 (PTI) A bouncy track awaits theNetherlands and South African teams at the Punjab cricketAssociation stadium, which is set to host its first match ofthe World Cup on Thursday.
PCA curator Daljeet Singh today said that the wicket willoffer good bounce, though it is being ensured that the bowlersare not able to get too much movement.
"It''s important to keep grass on the wicket. There willbe good pace and bounce, though our effort remains not to havetoo much movement. The grass will be brownish while theoutfied will be fast," Singh said here today.He, however, said that with cold weather conditionspersisting in Punjab, which has been lashed by rains duringthis week, there would be some movement early on, with thematch being a day game.
"The weather forecast shows signs of rain on March 3and 4. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Due to bad weatherearlier, we had started working on the track much early, sothat the wicket gets hard before the tie, keeping room forpossibility of spell of rains in between and the fact that wemay have to cover the wicket," he said.
During the past few days, the upper hills of neighbouringHimachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have received freshspell of snowfall while the plains were lashed by rains. Themaximum and minimum temperature at Mohali and adjoiningChandigarh during the past few days has been hovering around20 degrees Celsius and 10 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Singh said that for the first league match at PCA groundson March 3, the track used will be the one on which last Testmatch between India and Australia was played.
For the next league match on March 11 featuring Irelandand West Indies the pitch used will be the one on which Punjaband Tamil Nadu U-19 teams match was held recently.
"For the semi finals here (on March 30), we will be usingeither of the two tracks on which the league matches areplayed," he informed.
He said that the boundary length will be 75 m on squareof the wicket while 73m straight on from the wicket.
"We have also further improved our indoor practicefacilities," he said.
Meanwhile, PCA Joint Secretary, G S Walia said that theSouth African team will be arriving at Chandigarh tomorrowevening while the Dutch will arrive on Tuesday.He said for the March 3 tie, 3200 tickets in the 28,000capacity stadium had been sold and added sales were picking upgradually though initial response had been lukewarm.
On the great rush for tickets at some venues, Walia saidthat PCA had reserved 15,000-17,000 tickets for the generalpublic including those for the semi-finals.
For the convenience of the fans coming to watch thematch, for the first time routes had been printed on ticketswhich they are supposed to adopt to reach the stadium.