BENGALURU: With the rain putting a spanner underway throughout the most recent couple of days, the custodians and the groundsmen at the M Chinnaswamy stadium are hard-in a rush and daylight before India go up against Afghanistan in an erratic Test coordinate beginning here on June 14.
While the arrangement of the pitch began a week ago, the procedure has been hampered by absence of daylight and brief spells of rain. On Sunday, the staff was wanting to cover the 22-yard square with shamiana and proceed with work, yet two or three long stretches of daylight enabled them to work without the additional ornamentations.
“The ground staff are working round-the-clock to guarantee work is finished on time. They haven’t got an earn back the original investment after the IPL. We have support of groundsmen from the KSCA offices in Shivamogga and Mysuru and around 30 individuals are at work,” said Prashanth Rao, the KSCA associate custodian.
Despite the fact that Ajinkya Rahane and his men go up against Test debutants, the attention will be on the pitch, to a great extent because of the turn quality of the guests. With Rashid Khan leading the turn division close by 17-year-old Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi, a turning track will be a dubious one for India to bat on.
Given the Afghan players’ recognition with the Indian pitches, on account of the IPL and their preparation base in Greater Noida, the home group will be careful about playing on a turning track and would rather hope to play on a seaming track. Truth be told, the Chinnaswamy strip offered abundant turn amid the IPL and as indicated by individuals up to date, the Indian research organization is accepted to have requested a strip sans turn, an extreme solicit given the wear and tear from the surface in the more drawn out arrangement. In any case, KSCA guardians expelled the discussion of the pitch being set up to support the home group.
“It will be a decent wicket. We are not setting up a wicket for India or Afghanistan, but rather for a decent round of cricket. It will be a decent five-day wicket with a little grass and turn once the pitch begins to wear. The rain has hampered the arrangements yet we are all around arranged to deal with the circumstance and guarantee the show goes ahead effortlessly,” said K Sriram, the KSCA keeper.