Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to use Australian soil in the pitches of Mirpur Home of Cricket stadium as a part of preparation for the for 2015 World Cup. [Watch Video Clip: Shakib treating Shoaib Akhter like a ‘local bowler’]
Australia and New Zealand will jointly arrange 2015 World Cup. So BCB is going to do it as a long term preparation for the national team players. The pitches of those countries are naturally hard and bouncy which is quite uncomfortable for the players of sub-continent like Bangladesh where pitches are generally flat.
The soil replacement will be done within next two months probably and within a span of 6 months cricketers will get the bouncy pitches for practice.
The proposal was initially given by Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu who is the Chairman of Game development of BCB. Later the proposal was approved in the Board meeting. BCB has also received the permission of Environment ministry in this issue.
Mr. Lipu informed that there will be three pitches in the Academy field of BCB out of which one pitch will be in centre position and other two will be for net practices. He also said that if this experiment will be successful then the stadium pitches will also be replaced by Australian soil to make it hard and bouncy.
Lipu said that the percentage of clay in the soil of Brisbane (from where it is taken) is 71%. It will be better to have Perth’s soil to replace.
Chief Curator Gamini De Silva from Sri Lanka stated, ‘I’ve found 55% clay in black soils. But I’ve not yet use brown soil that much. The amount I use of it contains less than 50% clay’.
At least 65 to 70% clay is required to prepare a bouncy which is available in the soil of Brisbane.