Daljit throws his weight behind Kanpur track
Daljit Singh, the BCCI's pitch and grounds committee chairman, has come out in support of the Green Park Stadium wicket in Kanpur.
"I am reasonably satisfied with the wicket, given the prevailing hot weather conditions," he said.
"Do we want to play on prototype wickets? The wickets everywhere have peculiar characteristics; Kanpur has always been low and slow. What was different this time was the dryness, caused by excessive heat," he added.
One could argue that the conditions in Ahmedabad weren't too different, so why were the two wickets so vastly different? It emerges that the Ahmedabad track had moisture and grass just to avoid the Kanpur-like dry wicket. Similarly, the outcry over the Ahmedabad wicket would have had some bearing on the preparation of the Kanpur pitch.
Daljit admitted that none of the three wickets rolled out for the series were close to ideal Test tracks. "Neither of them were ideal wickets, but then we need helpful conditions, if not optimum, to prepare perfect wickets. The wickets at the season-end are dead and worn out. Add to it the excessive heat, and the curator's job becomes even more challenging," he said, adding, "If we always want prototype wickets, the ICC and the BCCI will need to see to it that Tests aren't played so late into the summers."