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'Kanpur case dead & buried'

cricket Updated: Oct 05, 2008 23:29 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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Daljit Singh, the Pitch and Ground chairman, insists that the Kanpur wicket fiasco is dead and buried and will have no bearing whatsoever when they prepare wickets for the upcoming India-Australia series, kicking off in Bangalore from October 9.

It may be recalled ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama termed the Kanpur wicket 'poor' in his report during the India-South Africa Test series, prompting the ICC to shoot off a letter to the BCCI seeking explanation for the poor strip.

“That was entirely different set of circumstances and conditions. The match was played in mid April in over 40 degree,” said Singh, referring to the excessive heat that left the track with yawning gaps and variable bounce.

But now that weather would be far more conducive than it was during the India-South Africa series, what's the brief sent out to the hosting venues? Won't there be some pressure to roll out the turning tracks to drive home the home advantage, especially in the light of the fact that Aussies don't have any spinner of repute in their ranks and the Aussie batsmen too are showing some frailty against the tweakers.

“Home advantage is a given, not in India but across the cricketing globe. So the home team will certainly have that benefit, but I would not advice anyone to tinker with the basic character of the track to help the home team get some undue advantage,” said Singh.

Giving a peep into how wickets could behave, he said Nagpur could have some wear and tear and Delhi has always had some variable bounce.

“But then, it's not that spinners could be handful only on turning tracks. Anil Kumble has been man of the match twice in Mohali, making it clear that they could do well even in centres not known for assisting spinners overtly.