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'ICC must discuss use of glue on pitches'

Bob Woolmer feels the use of glue at school-level might be able to provide a better surface for players, but overall it should not be used.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 14:32 IST

Expressing his reservations on using glue to fix pitches, Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has said the International Cricket Council must be careful about the use of artificial substances in final preparation of wickets at the highest level.

"The ICC must in my opinion discuss the use of glue for pitch preparation very carefully," Woolmer said.

"I have massive reservations about it being used in a Test and, indeed, even the one-day arena. Conditions should remain natural for the longer form of the game and pitches should deteriorate normally as they do," he was quoted as saying by the Cricinfo.

ICC's Chief Curator Andy Atkinson used glue to fix the pitch at the Brabourne stadium in CCI, Mumbai following few low-scoring matches in the Group stage of the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament.

Woolmer said the use of glue at school-level might be able to provide a better surface for their players but overall it should not be used.

"I think the use of glue could help at school-level tournaments, clubs etc as they do not have the equipment or knowledge, or where water is at a premium. Children thereby would be able to play on better surfaces than some of them do.

"(But) I personally am of the opinion that no artificial substances should be used in the final preparations of a pitch in any form of cricket," he said.

In fact, Atkinson also agreed that glue should be used as the last resort and said the shock result of the match between South Africa and New Zealand had less to do with the pitch and more to do with the cricket the two teams played. "Generally the pitch played as expected," he said.

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