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Relaid Mohali wicket may hold a surprise

The Mohali wicket prepared for the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand starting on Thursday has been relaid recently and may spring some surprise this time. "The grass has been changed and the soil mix has also been changed with black and red soil added together," PCA's chief curator Daljit Singh said.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2003 23:04 IST

The Mohali wicket prepared for the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand starting on Thursday has been relaid recently and may spring some surprise this time.

"The grass has been changed and the soil mix has also been changed with black and red soil added together. The wicket was relaid recently in accordance with the BCCI guidelines," Punjab Cricket Association's chief curator and a member of BCCI's Grounds and Pitches Committee, Daljit Singh told reporters here on Tuesday.

He said the wicket would generate bounce, especially during early hours of the first three days.

"We have done pre-season rolling which helps in building good density. It (wicket) is absolute solid down below."

Asked how much bounce could be expected and how much that could help the seamers, he said, "the ball may not bounce like it does in Perth, but surely it the wicket has been prepared where both batsmen and bowlers should enjoy the contest.

"Every wicket has its own characteristic. Australians would like to have pitches like Perth everywhere, but surely that can't be replicated. Similarly, Mohali has its own uniqueness. You will see more about that in the Test starting October 16."

So far four Test matches have been played at the PCA grounds here. India lost the first Test played here against the West Indies while the next two mathces against Sri Lanka and New Zealand ended in tame draws.

The last Test played here was memorable for India since they beat England by ten wickets in December 2001.

First Published: Oct 14, 2003 21:33 IST