BCCI faces fines for Pune Test pitch and Chief Curator to be sacked
Daljit Singh, the Chief Curator of Board of Control for Cricket in India is in the firing line after International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad rated the pitch of Pune as ‘Poor’ where host India has been grossly defeated by visiting Australia. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বিসিসিআইকে ১৫ হাজার ডলার জরিমানা করলো আইসিসি]
The Chief Curator Daljit Singh could be sacked from his post after two of his prepared wickets were rated as ‘poor’ within fourteen months. Before the Pune Test, the wicket of Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium of Nagpur was also rated as ‘Poor’ by ICC match referees.
According to a quote by one of the BCCI officials as published by Press Trust of India, “Even if there were instructions from team management, Daljit could have just ignored them. No one can pressurize the curator if he doesn’t want to buckle down.”
“Daljit has had history of succumbing the demand of team management, giving one designer track one after another. It’s just that Nagpur and Pune were too bad even for his comfort. The COA might look into the matter” – the source said.
However Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar said, “The fact is that we are reduced to helpers ahead of an international match and we have to follow the instructions of BCCI pitch committee members present to oversee the preparations. My job was to follow their instructions and I did that. I had clearly warned BCCI against preparing a bald and dry pitch.”
Last but not the least, the highest authority of cricket in India, BCCI could be fined almost 20,000 Australian Dollar for producing such bizarre pitch in Pune.