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Curator flays Gautam

New Delhi: Controversy over the Kotla pitch raised its ugly head once again on Sunday when the curator, Venkat Sundaram, alleged that home team skipper, Gautam Gambhir, was interfering with his job.

Delhi team would return to the Kotla to play the Ranji Trophy tie against Karnataka from Monday, after a gap of three matches. Delhi’s home matches were moved to the Roshanara ground after some senior cricketers, led by Gambhir, complained of not getting result-oriented pitches.

“If you have to fiddle with pitches so much, then you are not fit to play Test cricket,” said Sundaram, referring to Gambhir’s repeated insistence on getting the grass shaved off to make it a turner.

“I had got three pitches ready with one on which there was grass. They (Delhi team management) got the grass shaved off and now they are not even playing on that track. Instead, they have chosen the centre wicket. We have made it match ready,” Sundaram added.

On Sunday, Sundaram — along with the Board of Control for Cricket in India curator Daljit Singh, and Delhi’s chairman of selection committee, Chetan Chauhan — took a look at the pitch. Chauhan said some necessary rectifications were done.

With 19 points, Delhi are currently struggling to qualify for the knock-out round.