The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) prides itself in being the most hospitable and organised association. So, quite understandably, the adverse remarks from match referee Chris Broad on coupe of issues during the India-Australia Test last month has pushed the association into a remedial mode.
“It’s very unfortunate that it happened. But we accept the mistake and assure that it will not happen again,” assured PCA president Inderjit Singh Bindra.
He, however, was quick to add that it was a minor aberration and hence one shouldn't read too much into it. "In a five-day match, such minor things could happen anywhere, even in a family function," he said, adding that the report was nothing in comparison to what match referees have had to say about other venues in the past.
As for the delay caused by a glitch in sightscreen, Bindra said such delays happen across the cricket world. "The motored sightscreen, which worked fine over the years, broke down suddenly during the match and we could have done little about it," he said. The PCA has, however, installed a 40x20 feet fixed sightscreen to sort out the issue once and for all.
Bindra also lashed out at Dilip Vengsarkar for raising objections over the allotment of Test to Mohali. "Who is Vengsarkar to object? He should know that Board requested us to host the match, we didn't ask for it," he said.