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New Delhi, 11 February: Following the defeat in the first Test played in Chennai, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which oversees the preparation of the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium for the second Test starting in Chennai on Saturday (MA Chidambaram Stadium) Curator). Now, the Indian team management along with Chief Local Groundsman V. Ramesh Kumar is overseeing the preparation of the pitch. Ramesh Kumar did not even have the experience to prepare the pitch for first-class matches before the Chennai Test. Now, Kumar has been assigned the important task of preparing the pitch, for which black clay will be used instead of red. The difference between the second Test match and the first Test, which starts on 13 February, is only three days but Central Board of Controller of Cricket Board of India, Taposh Chatterjee, was sent back soon after the end of the first match and instead, He was tasked with overseeing the preparation of pitches for the Vijay Hazare Trophy matches in Indore and Jaipur.
The BCCI has a large panel of curators and in view of this, the removal of Taposh and hiring Gereanubhavi like Kumar for this work is quite a shocking decision. Taposh was included in the elite panel of curators. Apart from them, Ashish Bhowmick, who will prepare the Motera Stadium wickets for the third and fourth Test against England, Prashant K, Sunil Chauhan, and Prakash Adhav are in this panel. The first emerging panel had five other curators. Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has confirmed the removal of Taposh. TNCA secretary RS Ramaswamy told IANS, Taposh has gone. He was there for the first match. V. Ramesh Kumar will oversee the preparation of the second test. Also read: Ind vs Eng 1st Test 2021: English team can give comfort to this deadly player in the next Test after winning the first test, trouble was made for Team India
Kumar is a businessman and before that he had not prepared even a first class wicket. A source with knowledge in this regard said, “It is surprising that no BCCI curator is present on this occasion, because after the first test, BCCI sent back Taposh.” The players showed displeasure over the pitch. MA Chidambaram Stadium was not a procurement curator for a long time. Earlier, Head Groundsman K.K. Parthasarathy was looking after it, but he has not been a regular in the last few years. “The source said, the wicket is being prepared for the second Test under the supervision of the team management. The pitch has not received proper water. There was red clay in the surface for the first test and the pitch used for the second match was black. Clay is there. A four-match Test series is being played between England and India. With a win of 227 runs in the first match played in Chennai, the English team has taken a 1-0 lead in the series. Second Test from 13 February It is to be played. India will have to win this match because it will remain their hopes of reaching the World Test Championship filing.