India v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Delhi December 27, 2009

BCCI dissolves ground and pitches committee

Cricinfo staff

The Indian board (BCCI) has disbanded its ground and pitches committee with immediate effect.

The BCCI was faced with an embarrassing situation after the fifth and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla was abandoned after 23.3 overs due to a dangerous pitch.

Former captains swiftly reacted with shock and dismay at the dangerous pitch prepared by the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), while former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar told Cricinfo that Delhi should be blacklisted as an international venue.

The ground and pitches committee was headed by Daljit Singh, who was present in Delhi as the controversy unfolded. Along with various DDCA bigwigs, the on-field umpires and match referee Alan Hurst, Daljit inspected the unfit strip as well as an adjacent strip after play had been stopped. A decision to abandon the game was taken approximately an hour and ten minutes after another delivery spat up from an awkward spot on one of the dicey patches of the strip.

The committee also included Dhiraj Parsana, PR Viswanathan, Rajiv Gokhale and Rahul Das.