Calcutta: The pitch at the Eden Gardens has got a new look ahead of the third Test between India and the West Indies starting on October 30.
This follows the BCCI’s instructions to make the pitches at the 10 Test playing centres ‘sporting’. To ensure this was done, the BCCI arranged to have an expert from the New Zealand Turf Institute come in June and brief the curators of the five zones — Prabir Mukherjee (East), Kasturirangan (South), Dhiraj Parsana (West), Daljit Singh (North) and Anand Shukla (Central).
Talking to The Telegraph on Friday, East’s Mukherjee, in charge of the Eden wicket, said: “Earlier we used to dig three feet, but this time the pitch was dug one and half feet.”
Brick soling was done followed by the insertion of granite and silver-sand. Mukherjee added that henceforth, the wicket would be rolled two to four hours per day to keep the grass lively.
Kaif to lead
Meanwhile, Mohammed Kaif was named captain of the Board President’s XI for the tour-opening match against the West Indies, adds PTI from Mumbai.
Sourav Ganguly was, expectedly, retained captain of the Indian team after the new selection committee met for the first time under Brijesh Patel’s chairmanship.