March 29, 2012

Indian domestic cricket

Grounds for injury

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Aakash Chopra, in his blog for Cricketnext, writes that certain first-class grounds in India have such pathetic facilities that a player risks a serious injury if he tries to dive on the outfield. The facilities in the dressing-room are another story. He adds that those grounds that don't come under the BCCI's direct funding are the worst-affected.

While teams like Services and Railways don't receive the funds from the BCCI, it cannot be taken as an excuse for sub-standard facilities. Sadly, this malaise isn't limited to these two associations, for still there are many associations (who are receiving crores every year from the BCCI) guilty of not upgrading the facilities. Not too long ago, a ground in Agartala had huge potholes on the outfield, another one had hundreds of dead mosquitoes in the washroom, a ground in UP didn't have a pitch to practice before the start of a Ranji trophy game and the list goes on.

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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