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ICC unhappy with facilities in Bangalore

Cricinfo staff

February 17, 2010

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An overview of the nets session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, October 7, 2008
Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium has come in for flak © Getty Images
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Players/Officials: Brijesh Patel
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Teams: India

The ICC has written to the Indian board expressing concerns over the facilities at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium, one of the eight venues for the 2011 World Cup. Andy Atkinson, the ICC pitch consultant, has reportedly suggested several changes that need to be undertaken ahead of the tournament that starts in 11 months.

"The quality of the outfield was bumpy with small bare patches and divots all around and below the expected standard for international cricket," read a notice given to the Karnataka State Cricket Association, which hosts the venue. "Grass appeared lacking in nutrients and unanticipated amount of weeds present. It is noticeable that the playing surface needs renovation and repair to bring it up to the required condition. Overall, the condition of playing surface is disappointing."

Speaking to the daily DNA, Brijesh Patel, the KSCA secretary, said: "The ICC team came at the end of last season [December] and the pitch was totally worn out. We are aware of the kind of wickets that are required for ODIs, Tests and Twenty20s."

The Indian board's chief administrative officer, Ratnakar Shetty, was confident the KSCA would address the ICC's concerns. "What they [ICC] have expressed are just a few cautions. We're definitely following it up with all eight associations and I am sure after the IPL, Bangalore will be devoting time to develop the outfield and the pitch," he said.

This season's Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh was shifted to Mysore after Rahul Dravid expressed concerns over the pitch and outfield, and later the final was also held at the Gangothri Glades owing to the flatness of the Chinnaswamy surface.


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