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Rain hampers pitch preparation in Bangalore
Khurram Habib, Hindustan Times
Bangalore, August 28, 2012
First Published: 23:59 IST(28/8/2012)
Last Updated: 00:03 IST(29/8/2012)
Groundsmen remove a raincover from the field after a rain delay during the third day of the first test cricket match between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad.Reuters/Vivek Prakash

The city is praying for the sun. And Narayan Raju, curator of the Chinnaswamy Stadium, is the keenest.

After the first Test was affected by rain, though it produced a result, chances are that the second Test will also witness showers. But unlike Hyderabad, where a dry spell before the Test allowed the preparation of the wicket to proceed smoothly, the track here is getting hit by weather.

"There has been no sun for the past week. The pitch needs to dry up but we haven't had enough sunshine to make that happen," said a worried Raju, while tending to the green track and lush outfield.

Although the sun came out on Tuesday, it was only for a brief period. Since a Test series is being played in August for the first time, this is turning out to be a unique problem.

The packed schedule later this year and early next year forced the BCCI to hold the two-Test series now.

HT has learnt that the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) could offer the same track for the Test where the Ranji quarterfinal against Haryana was played. Then, it was a seamer's delight and Haryana paceman Harshal Patel made hay.

Asked if it would be the same, Raju said, "The nature of a wicket changes from match to match."

The home team had wanted to exploit Haryana's weakness against seam bowling but the plan backfired as Haryana won to reach the semis.  

Although Raju did not comment on the wicket, India's preference has been for a slow, turning track. But if the weather does not relent, it will be tough to get one.

Rain is forecast for Wednesday, which could make things worse, although it is expected to be sunny on Thursday.

Anil Kumble, KSCA president, said, "It (the weather) is not in our hands."


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