Mohali, Oct 27 (UNI) After the chemical spray experiment met with limited success, the ICC, in it's efforts to minimise the dew factor, has decided to reduce the interval time between two innings from 45 to 30 minutes for all the Champions Trophy matches to be played here.
However, the governing body remains adamant that the spraying chemicals on the pitch did help in preventing the outfield from getting damp and brushed aside New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming's complain that his bowlers had to bowl with a 'bar of soap' against Pakistan in the crucial group B tie on Wednesday.
''Interval of all Mohali matches reduced from 45 to 30 minutes,'' read a statement from the ICC, which goes on to assert that the governing body's efforts to check the dew factor has met with success.
''The ICC believes the measures used to counter dew both before and during New Zealand's ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday had a positive effect,'' the statement adds.
Fleming and Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer had complained about the dew factor during the match in which New Zealand registered a comfortable 51-run win while defending a total of 274, with Woolmer even questioning the logic of holding day-night matches at venues where dew was such a crucial aspect.
The outfield, on the morning of the match, was wetted with chemical APSA-80, and the grass was cut shorter to reduce the amount available for dew to cling to. The ground was also mopped at regular intervals during Pakistan's run-chase and the ball was also changed.
But both the Kiwi skipper and the Pakistan coach were not particularly happy and said despite the measures, the dew did have an impact on the proceedings.
However, ICC Manager Cricket David Richardson, said, ''We have spoken to Punjab Cricket Association officials, including the head curator Mr Daljit Singh, and the universal opinion is that measures used on Wednesday had a positive effect.'' ''The fact New Zealand won the match on Wednesday indicates Stephen Fleming's side was not disadvantaged to too great an extent by bowling second,'' he said, brushing aside criticism from the Kiwi skipper.
''And although the dew was not eradicated, Mr Singh told us he believed the spraying of the outfield definitely delayed its onset,'' he added.
The ICC said despite the limited success, the ground was relatively drier after the chemical spray with ''less evidence of the turf being scarred on the bowlers' run-ups, a tell-tale sign that the ground was damp.'' Mr Richardson said the methods used to ensure conditions remain fair for the bowling side in the second innings of the match would be further refined when Pakistan take on South Africa at the same venue today.
''Hessian fabric will be used to absorb moisture on the ground when any mopping up is done and we are reducing the interval between innings from 45 to 30 minutes in all future matches in Mohali to increase the amount of cricket that is possible before dew really starts to settle,''he revealed.
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