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Over the years the endeavour has been to take pitches out of the equation for ODIs and Twenty20s, by making them flat and uniform, so that the toss does not play a crucial part in the shorter format. In Tests, though, the preparation of the pitch and its durability are much more significant, impacting the result and duration of the game. Quite naturally pitches and their preparation in the longer forms of the game evoke a lot of comment and often controversy.
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Jul 1, 2014

Video 'Averages not affected by day-night cricket'

Press Conference: Ravi Shastri says that the argument that statistics from cricket would not be any different to the introduction of covered pitches.

Jan 6, 2014

What's a good pitch anyway?

The Cordon: It often seems that only pitches that assist fast bowlers through the game are considered up to standard

Michael Jeh

Oct 18, 2013

Let's tonk for all our worth

The Cordon: Why pick bowlers, why have fielders, why grow grass on wickets? Let's give people what they want - a welter of runs

Matt Cleary

Jan 4, 2013

In defence of home advantage

The Stands: Conditions around the world vary, and pitches are prepared to suit the home team on a regular basis. But there's nothing wrong with that as the game would lose its greatest challenges if pitches are homogenised

Douglas Sloan

Jan 17, 2012

Stop blaming "bad" pitches for defeats

The Cordon: This notion that there's something sinister about a "home" pitch is just rubbish. The home team is perfectly entitled to prepare a pitch that suits their agenda

Michael Jeh

Jan 3, 2012

Pitch quality analysis across all Tests

The Cordon: A detailed analysis of pitches using Runs-per-wicket and Balls-per-wicket values

Anantha Narayanan

Sep 15, 2011

Audio 'The game shouldn't be a lottery'

Bowl at Boycs: Geoff Boycott on the right balance for pitches, Yorkshire's relegation, and the continuing scrutiny of technology in cricket

Sep 15, 2011

Why Australia needs spicy pitches

Ed Cowan: There has been comment about result wickets in Shield cricket, but those aren't as bad as they're being made out to be

Ed Cowan

Oct 5, 2010

Audio Can India save Test cricket?

Switch Hit: Why India's thrilling win in front of a bumper final-day crowd could turn the Twenty20 tide. Plus, England resolve their contract distraction

Aug 28, 2010

ICC to inspect pitches for World Cup

News: The ICC's pitch consultant Andy Atkinson will be visiting India in early September to inspect six out of the eight venues in the country for the 2011 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 11, 2010

The enduring charm of Test cricket

Peter Roebuck: The five-day game is still compelling, but pitches need to be got right if the format is to thrive

Peter Roebuck

Jul 20, 2010

Audio Is fast bowling dead?

Switch Hit: Imran Khan and Dirk Nannes on the future of fast bowling, Shahid Afridi retires (again) and why it ain't over till it's over for Murali.

Jul 7, 2010

Audio 'Murali embodied the hopes of a nation'

Switch Hit: Shane Warne on Murali's career and the current Aussie side, a look ahead to the Bangladesh ODIs, and more on Howardgate

Jul 2, 2010

MCC calls for immediate day/night Tests

News: The MCC World Cricket Committee fears for the future of Test cricket unless action is taken quickly to promote the traditional format

ESPNcricinfo staff

Feb 23, 2010

Atkinson slams Delhi over ODI pitch

News: Andy Atkinson, the ICC's pitch consultant, has come down heavily on the ground authorities at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA)

Nagraj Gollapudi

Feb 10, 2010

Appeals commissioner dismisses BCCl's Kotla appeal

News: The appeal by the BCCI challenging the 12-month ban imposed by the ICC on the Feroz Shah Kotla, has been dismissed by an independent appeals commissioner

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 24, 2010

BCCI to challenge ban on Kotla

News: The BCCI has launched an appeal, challenging the 12-month ban imposed by the ICC on the Feroz Shah Kotla

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 14, 2010

Daljit under fire for poor Mohali pitch

News: Reportedly, the Maharashtra Under-19 team, who were playing Punjab in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy semi-final, staged a walkout on the second day after claiming the Mohali wicket was "underprepared and poor"

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 9, 2010

Kotla verdict could be next week - Sharad Pawar

News: The ICC will take a decision next week on whether to allow the Feroz Shah Kotla host World Cup matches in 2011, according to Sharad Pawar, the president-in-waiting

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 7, 2010

ICC not in favour of World Cup ban for Kotla - Morgan

News: David Morgan, the ICC president, has said he is not in favour of a World Cup ban for the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi, adding that the tournament would be "poorer" without matches being hosted in India's capital city

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dec 29, 2009

Match referee gives harshest assessment of Kotla pitch

News: The possibility of the Feroz Shah Kotla being disqualified from hosting the 2011 World Cup remains high

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dec 29, 2009

'I should have insisted on trials' - Daljit Singh

News: Daljit Singh, who was sacked as chairman of the BCCI's grounds and pitches committee in the wake of the fiasco at Feroz Shah Kotla, has said his fault was in not insisting on holding practice games on what was essentially an unused wicket

Nagraj Gollapudi

Dec 28, 2009

ICC November inspection slammed pitch

News: The DDCA was warned twice from different sources that the Kotla pitch needed a lot of attention before the fifth ODI

Nagraj Gollapudi

Dec 28, 2009

Sri Lanka 'chickened out', says DDCA vice-president

News: Former India Test player Chetan Chauhan has said that Sri Lanka "chickened out" out of the final ODI against India after finding themselves in trouble at 83 for 5

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dec 27, 2009

No immediate decision on Kotla's WC status - ICC

News: Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, has said New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla can still retain hopes of hosting the 2011 World Cup matches, despite the pitch fiasco

Nagraj Gollapudi
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