Hardik Pandya, India’s captain, was blunt when he called the Lucknow wicket a “shocker” despite the fact that India prevailed in the match on Sunday with one ball remaining.
After putting together a “shocker of a pitch” for the second Twenty20 International against New Zealand. The curator of the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow has been fired.
Hardik Pandya, India’s captain, was blunt when he called the Lucknow wicket a “shocker.” Despite the fact that India prevailed in the match on Sunday with one ball remaining.
India had a hard time chasing the small target on a turning track because New Zealand was limited to 99 for eight. Sanjeev Kumar Agarwal, a highly experienced curator, has taken the place of the curator. Within a month, things will change.
“Before the T20I, a lot of domestic cricket was played on all the center wickets, and the curator should have left one or two strips for an international game.
“There was not enough time to prepare a fresh wicket due to the bad weather and the overuse of the surface,” a UPCA source told PTI.
Before being fired in October of last year, Agarwal had prepared pitches in Bangladesh. Now, he has been given the task of fixing the pitch-making process.
According to the source, he will collaborate closely with Taposh Chatterjee, a seasoned BCCI curator.
On Wednesday, Ahmedabad will host the final T20I of the series.
The surfaces that have been available thus far in the series have not pleased Hardik.
Sincerely, it was a shocking wicket. Both of the games that we have currently played. I’m not bothered by difficult wickets.
I’m all for that, but these two wickets weren’t designed for Twenty20 play. After the six-wicket victory in Lucknow, Hardik had stated, “Somewhere down the line, the curators or the grounds that we are going to play in should make sure they prepare the pitches earlier.”