The Telegraph
Friday , July 15 , 2016

Eden pitch to be relaid

Calcutta: Those who complain about the slow nature of the Eden Gardens track could be in for a surprise when India take on New Zealand in the second Test of the series from September 30.

The top layer of the entire Eden Gardens square is being relaid after 12 years as part of ground preparations for the forthcoming season. Work has already begun and will be over before the season gets underway.

"The grass layer of the square is being relaid. We have dug up around 10 inches and a special variety of grass (G2) brought from Odisha will be implanted," Debabrata Das, Cricket Association of Bengal's grounds committee chairman, said on Thursday.

The soil texture on the top layer will also undergo a change, which is expected to add pace and bounce to the wicket. "The idea is on having green tops as desired by the Board. The transformation will certainly add more life to the wicket," Das said.

Sourav Ganguly, the CAB president, had been keen on bringing about a change in the character of the Eden wicket, but work couldn't begin earlier because of a packed international and domestic calendar. The drainage at the Eden also needs to be revamped, but that will need at least three months' time.

The CAB can't afford that now and so overhauling the drainage system has been put on hold.

A similar exercise to improve the character of the wicket is also being undertaken at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground, which regularly hosts domestic fixtures.

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