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Pitch problem at Lord’s, too

Calcutta: The brouhaha over the pitch in Trent Bridge yet to settle down, yet another controversy surrounding the wicket seems to be brewing, in the ongoing second India-England Test, at Lord’s.

According to The Independent, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was forced to tender an apology for the manner in which one of its groundstaff swept the Lord’s pitch.

“MCC were forced to apologise and defend the conduct of a member of their groundstaff after Kevin Pietersen drew attention to his method of sweeping the pitch at lunch,” the newspaper reported after the third day’s play.

“Shane Doherty, who is part of head groundsman Mick Hunt’s team at Lord’s, appeared to drag his right foot down the line of leg stump as he tidied the wicket in preparation for the afternoon session. Doherty’s work attracted the attention of Sky Sports’ commentators and Pietersen was moved to post a video on social media, captioned with the remark ‘Unbelievable” followed, in customary KP fashion, by seven exclamation marks,” the newspaper added.

Doherty was then approached by fourth umpire David Millns, but an MCC spokesman said on Twitter that it was “a genuine, honest mistake, and there was no intent to damage the pitch.”

However, Pietersen said there was something more to it.