Black soil pitches for use for IPL video games in Chennai | Cricket Information

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation (TNCA) had efficiently hosted the primary two Checks of India-England sequence earlier this yr amid the Covid pandemic. And they are going to be hoping for one more clean experience once they host 10 IPL matches this yr beginning with the opener between champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on the MA Chidambaram Stadium right here on Friday.
The problem will likely be harder although for the affiliation with extra groups, gamers and personnel concerned and the second wave of the pandemic raging on. However TNCA is ready for it. “We now have adopted strict Covid protocols and vaccinated all our employees. Members and employees with out masks are usually not allowed entry. If somebody’s temperature is a level above the traditional, they’re barred from coming into the stadium,” TNCA secretary RS Ramasaamy instructed TOI on Thursday.
Regardless of all of the preparations, the palpable pleasure round IPL was nonetheless lacking with Chennai Tremendous Kings not enjoying at dwelling. However TNCA is leaving no stones unturned in making certain a secure IPL for the opposite 4 groups – MI, RCB, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders – who will likely be stationed right here for the primary leg of the IPL.
The affiliation has additionally laboured to arrange a ‘sporting’ Chepauk pitch. The Chepauk observe got here in for some criticism particularly after the primary England Take a look at earlier this yr with not a lot help to both the pacers or the spinners. The second Take a look at was performed on a black soil dry turner which India received straightforward.
The TNCA is planning to host the IPL video games on the black soil pitches, which have extra clay content material. But it surely will not be turning as a lot because it did within the second Take a look at. “We now have ready eight wickets out of which two are of crimson soil. However now we have determined in opposition to utilizing the red-soil wickets since they disintegrate sooner. We wish to give groups sporting wickets in order that we are able to have high-scoring and entertaining video games,” a TNCA functionary mentioned.

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