Kicking up the dirt
It's all fun and games in Bermuda where top groundsman Andy Atkinson last year described the island's new pitch as "more suitable for growing carrots". Now a row is brewing because of plans to import 100 truckloads of soil to try to tackle the problem ... but it seems that is in contravention of strict rules banning anyone bringing soil in from abroad. As one campaigner said:
[There are] rumours that the importation would go ahead because “some guy” who was good at spinning a cricket ball was suddenly an expert on soil and cricket pitches.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa