Kohli to felicitate BCCI chief curator before Mohali T20I
BCCI chief curator Daljit Singh’s services to Indian cricket is unmatched and he takes charge at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali for one last time on Wednesday. For his immense contribution, he will be felicitated by the Indian team captain Virat Kohli.
Speaking to news agency IANS, a senior board functionary added that a small memorable felicitation has been planned for Daljit Singh who has been working beyond the bounds of possibility behind the scenes in a bid to prepare some top-quality pitches across the country for the last 22 years.
“While he has retired from the BCCI’s pitch committee, the Mohali game is his last and it was decided by the board that he will be felicitated by the Indian skipper at the start of the game for his invaluable services,” the functionary added in a statement.
Having been an integral part of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s pitch committee since 2012, Daljit made sure that the bent towards preparing quality pitches to adapt the home team has been totally replaced by the new concept of making sporting pitches.
A chief curator of one of the international stadiums in India added that it was solely because of Daljit that youngsters were able to enter the system and learn much about the art of preparing good wickets.
“In 2012, when he became the chairman he started certification courses and we had a 21-day workshop wherein theoretical and practical knowledge was imparted to us. For the first time, we had a curators’ manual and that meant that youngsters had something in black and white that they could follow. He wanted curators to be given the same respect as match officials,” the curator was quoted as saying by IANS.
Another curator echoed that Daljit was quite remarkable in ensuring that tampering of pitches are done away with during domestic tourneys, especially in the Ranji Trophy.
“He was the one who suggested the idea of neutral curators. But he was a visionary who knew that a West Zone curator would have issues working in North Zone as he wouldn’t be aware of the soil composition. So he also ensured that curators were appointed in their respective zones. He was an institution in himself and will be missed,” the curator said.
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