March 22, 2006


Questions raised over quality of Bermuda's soil


The quality of the soil used in Bermuda's pitches is being tested to ensure it meets the standards of international cricket:

In November West Indies cricket legend Lance Gibbs stated that in order for Bermuda’s cricket to advance the Island needed to improve the quality of its soil. His comments echoed International Cricket Council high performance development manager Richard Done, who visited the Island earlier in 2005.


On Monday, Director of Youth Sport and Recreation, Anthony Roberts, said soil samples were currently being assessed overseas. “None of the soil samples have proved to have acceptable properties for ICC wicket standards,” he said. “We are in discussions with the ICC. We are experimenting with the samples mixing substances with them to see if it could strengthen the soil.”

He said that a similar procedure had been done for England. However, Mr Roberts said that questions still remained.


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