Shiv Kumar, the local curator of the Green Park Stadium here, which hosted the first Test match between India and New Zealand, says that the pitch of this ground does not have grass but the chances of it breaking (more cracking) are very less. . In the past several times the team management has given instructions to prepare some specific type of pitch, but Kumar said that this time neither coach Rahul Dravid nor captain Ajinkya Rahane had any specific demand.
Kumar, who has been working at this ground for the last two decades, said, “We have not received any instruction from the BCCI, nor has anyone from the team management contacted me asking me to make a pitch completely supportive of spinners. I have prepared a pitch keeping a good pitch in mind. I can assure you that this pitch will not break soon.
India and New Zealand’s Test match played in Kanpur in 2016 lasted till the fifth day but for some time most of the foreign teams have been kneeling in spinner-friendly pitches within three days. When asked about matches ending within three days, Kumar said, “It is not only the pitches that are responsible for this.” Because of T20 cricket, the way batsmen play spinners is also a factor.