World Cup Diary: ICC curator’s nods for India venues ReadingS


In a country with diverse geographical conditions, the key test of hosting a major event like the ICC World Cup at 10 venues is the feedback on wickets, and that’s where the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) curators have come across. collect.

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief curator Andy Atkinson is pleased with what he has seen at Eden Gardens in Kolkata and feels the overall structure of Indian grounds has improved.

talk withNational MessengerInspecting the goal ahead of the India-South Africa match at the Eden on Sunday, Atkinson said: “There were a few problems with fungal growth on the outfield due to the heavy rains, but they worked hard to resolve these. .”

Meanwhile, it has been reported that there is also fungal growth in the outer parts of Dharamsala, where the altitude above sea level provides great courage to sailors.

“And almost every pitch we’ve played on so far in this World Cup has been good. There’s been a proper balance between bat and ball. In fact, that balance is something I talked about (at the curators’ seminar in Mumbai) when I came to India in August,” Atkinson said. Curators from 10 venues, including Eden curator Sujan Mukherjee, conducted a workshop with her.

Asked about his observations of the Eden course, Atkinson said: “It used to be slow and flat but it’s a lot sportier now… It’s been easy for me because of the hard work of the course staff here. We were prepared for every situation. You can feel how hard work has gone into it.”

Meanwhile, in many matches in the tournament, a single team has scored more than 350, while teams with medium batting power like Afghanistan have done a good job in chasing. The odd batting collapse that saw Sri Lanka fall out for 55 against India in Mumbai was largely due to the batsmen’s inability to withstand the bowling attack rather than demons on the field.

Fortunately, the EU-Virat meeting

It was hard to miss the excitement around Virat Kohli’s 35th birthday at the Eden on Sunday. The master batsman had a surprise guest in AB de Villiers, a friend and soul mate through his many years of association as part of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

De Villiers, a former South Africa captain and original ‘Mr 360 degree’ cricketer, was invited by the ICC to hand over the awards at the presentation ceremony. The duo was seen chatting outside the India dressing room before the toss.

Seeing the duo in an animated conversation, there was some speculation in the press box as to whether AB would be seen in a mentor role at RCB in the upcoming IPL season. Only time will tell.

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