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Motera curator promises good pitch

Motera curator promises good pitch

Dheeraj Parsana was critical of the Chepauk pitch.

Ahmedabad: Lambasting the Chennai pitch as a 'bad advertisement for Test cricket', the curator at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium at Motera here has vowed for a result in the second Test between South Africa and hosts India beginning on Thursday.

"I'm confident that the pitch will be result-oriented," Dhiraj Parsana, the chief curator told reporters on Tuesday even as South Africa captain Graeme Smith and coach Mickey Arthur inspected the track before getting started with their practice arrangements.

"It will be a sporting track. We have kept a bit of grass on the surface to assist the seamers during the first session of play," he added.

The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium has been brimming with activity to get everything in order for the second Test of the three-match series. However, the fact that the ground at Motera is hosting its first Test match in the month of April is sort of uncharted territory for the curator too.

"We have been trying our best to retain moisture on the surface. But because of the extreme heat, the wicket has been drying up faster. It has been hovering around 40 degrees Celsius for nearly a week.

"We haven't rolled the surface between 12 pm and 4 pm in the afternoon local time for the past 5-6 days. Instead, the pitch is being rolled in the morning and the evening to keep the moisture," Parsana added.

Though Parsana disclosed that Graeme Smith didn't express his feelings after taking a look at the wicket, coach Mickey Arthur was impressed.

"There is a lot of grass on the surface, which means that it will provide some bounce. However, it will dry up as the day goes on. But it surely has something in it for the faster bowlers," Arthur said, even though how much of that tinge of green will be left on the track is yet to be seen.

The wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has come under fire after witnessing a tame draw, which was only livened up by Virender Sehwag's whirwind triple-hundred.

first published:April 01, 2008, 14:14 IST