WC 2011: ICC official declares PCA pitch fit


Prime VIP
Mohali, June 21

International Cricket Council’s (ICC) official Andy Atkinson expressed his satisfaction over the pitch and outfield conditions at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here today.

Atkinson, who is the ICC’s pitch consultant, visited the stadium in connection with the three matches of Cricket World Cup 2011- two league matches and one semifinal - scheduled to be hosted by the PCA.

“I am fairly happy with the paraphernalia and the condition of pitch as well as outfield here in the stadium. It (PCA) is good ground and fit for the big matches,” said Atkinson immediately after his inspection of the field.

He discussed some vital issues with PCA’s Joint Secretary GS Walia and pitch curator Daljeet Singh.

On being asked, whether the apex cricketing body would try to lay alike pitches at all the World Cup venues, Atkinson denied: “No, we are not trying to enforce specific standards for the pitches of the World Cup matches. Nature of the pitch depends on several factors, including the content of soil and local climatic conditions. So it is not possible to have a standardised system for the pitches. But certainly, we want wickets having even and consistent bounce till 100 overs and providing equal opportunities to both the teams.”

However, he added a team of around 15-20 ICC officials would again come in October to check all arrangements and facilities including the stadium, flood lights, airports, ticket allocations and hotel accommodation, nets, practice area while the final inspection will take place in January.