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ACA nod to sporting wicket

Guwahati, June 23: The Assam Cricket Association will develop a “sporting wicket” at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium here, keeping in view the fact that the state does not have quality batsmen at its disposal.

BCCI curator Ashis Bhowmik, who is here to lay a new pitch, is said to have suggested the ACA to go for sporting wickets rather than a green top one, because it would help both bowlers as well as batsmen.

“Bhowmik had a threadbare discussion with the Assam Ranji players and our ACA curators Ratul Das and Mukut Kalita yesterday. He suggested that preparing a green top wicket was not difficult, but the host state should also have a strong batting line-up to face an opponent with equally good pace-bowling attack. He was of the view that a sporting wicket could be of help to both bowling as well as batting,” said ACA secretary Bikash Baruah.

The players attending the discussion included Abu Nechim Ahmed, Pallav Das, Dhiraj Goswami, Rishav Das and Prasanta Sonowal. ACA officebearers were also present.

Assam has a strong pace-bowling line-up in all age groups but the lack of quality batsmen has been a hindrance. Stating that work to lay the new turf has started, Baruah said the ACA administration has not taken the decision. “Unlike the past, we have involved the opinion of the players in developing the pitch. Later on, they will not be able to tell us that the wicket was not conducive for home players,” he said.

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