ECB to apply plastic pitches in domestic T20 actions in summer 2019
The England and Wales Cricket Board are to launch plastic pitches for the domestic Twenty20 matches this season.
Therefore, the cricket authorities of the country has sanctioned the use of reinforced grass pitches, made up in part with a soft polyethylene yarn, are to be used in this year’s summer competition of the shortest version of the game.
The synthetic surface would bring added benefits for grounds men with a large number of matches taking place, including the Cricket World Cup, The Ashes, and other domestic competitions.
Therefore, the counties who wish to play on an artificial pitch will first have to notify both ECB and the opposition against whom to play with to get the approval within a reasonable time.
Middlesex, Surrey and Warwickshire are three of a number of counties to have installed synthetic pitches.
Ten counties have had the hybrid strips installed at their headquarters, with the Kia Oval housing as many as six on their square.
In reports published in the Daily Mail, London, it said ECB invested £12,000 on the first one at Loughborough three years ago; but these pitches do not deteriorate over time; this is however, needs different skills at the ending phases of the game.
Nevertheless, the durability of this kind of pitches have made them popular around the country. Manufacturers of SIS Pitches say one of their fibre-injected turfs can be used up to five times longer than a regular grass equivalent.
County teams Leicestershire and Somerset have both explored the idea of introducing artificial outfields over recent seasons.