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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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Dec 27, 2009

Toe to head in one over

Features: How the variable bounce led to the calling off of play. Excerpts from Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary

Jamie Alter

Dec 27, 2009

Former players lead criticism of Delhi pitch

News: Russel Arnold and former Indian captains have reacted with shock and dismay at the dangerous pitch prepared for the fifth ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla

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

Aug 3, 2009

'The ICC isn't trying to standardise pitches'

Interviews: Are playing surfaces becoming uniformly bland worldwide due to commercial considerations? Is the art of Test match pitch preparation dead? The ICC's pitches manager reflects on these and other questions

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Apr 21, 2008

Franchise asks CAB to hire Australian pitch expert

News: the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has agreed to a proposal from the IPL franchise to get a pitch consultant from Australia to ensure better playing surfaces for the six remaining home games

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 31, 2007

ICC Cricket Committee tweaks the Powerplay rule

News: Teams will be allowed an additional fielder outside the 30-yard circle during the second or third Powerplay, the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee has recommended after their two-day meeting in Dubai

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mar 12, 2007

Andy Roberts expects sporting pitches

News: Andy Roberts has predicted that the pitches in the tournament may not necessarily be slow turners, contrary to general expectations

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 16, 2006

Smith unhappy with pitch

News: Graeme Smith, the South African captain, slammed the pitch at the Brabourne Stadium after his team folded for just 108 and lost to New Zealand by 87 runs, suggesting that the wicket was not up to the mark for an international tournament

Anand Vasu in Mumbai

Jun 18, 2006

Atkinson promises lively pitch in St Kitts

News: Andy Atkinson had positive remarks about the pitch prepared for third Test at St Kitts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 17, 2006

Lara calls for livelier pitches

News: Brian Lara calls for faster pitches for the next two games to help force a result

Haydn Gill

May 11, 2006

Uniformity is for automatons

Dileep Premachandran: Defining a good pitch is about as easy as defining beauty. Yet, the ICC appear determined to go down the Elle-Cosmopolitan route and establish standards for that which cannot really be defined

Dileep Premachandran

Jan 21, 2006

Imran Khan joins pitch debate

News: Imran Khan outlines Woolmer's immediate priorities

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 15, 2006

Pitch could dictate terms

News: Chappell compares pitch to 1980 Faisalabad 'graveyard'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 1, 2005

'The wicket changes every year'

: Why does Antigua keep producing run-fests? Andy Roberts, the ARG pitch supervisor, speaks to Nagraj Gollapudi

Why does Antigua keep producing run-fests? Andy Roberts, the ARG pitch supervisor, talks to Nagraj Gollapudi

Nov 9, 2004

Imran criticises Mumbai pitch

News: Imran Khan has joined the chorus of voices criticising the dustbowl at the Wankhede Stadium which produced a two-day Test between India and Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 5, 2004

Ponting slams disappointing pitch

News: The pitch was obviously the focus of attention in the post-match press conference

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 4, 2004

'The key is to bang it into the track': Gillespie

Interviews: Jason Gillespie and Murali Kartik, the bowlers who returned the best figures on an absorbing second day's play at the Wankhede Stadium, spoke to the media shortly after the close

Rahul Bhatia in Mumbai

Nov 1, 2004

Mumbai pitch comes in for scrutiny

News: After the crushing loss to Australia in Nagpur, much of the attention has turned to the pitch in Mumbai

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Oct 29, 2004

'We need similar pitches in domestic cricket' - Dravid

News: Rahul Dravid speaks to the media after losing the test series to Australia in Nagpur

Anand Vasu in Nagpur

Oct 25, 2004

The straw-coloured green-top

News: Several reporters arrived in Nagpur to scrutinise the pitch which looked straw coloured

Anand Vasu at Nagpur
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