India vs New Zealand, 1st Test: No instructions from team management, turn expected from day 2, says Green Park curator. cricket news

India vs New Zealand: Ground staff measures the pitch before the first Test match.© AFP

The 22-yard strip on the Green Park track, which will be used for the first Test between India and New Zealand, may be devoid of any grass, but local curator Shiv Kumar says it will not show signs of wear and tear. There have been instances when instructions came from the team management regarding certain types of pitches, but Kumar said this time neither coach Rahul Dravid nor captain Ajinkya Rahane had any specific demands. Kumar, who has been around for the last two decades, neither received any instruction from the BCCI nor did anyone from the team management contact me for the rank turner. told PTI.

Kumar has been in charge of the Green Park track for a long time and claimed to have designed a track that would last for more than three days.

“The month of November will see some amount of moisture in this part of the world. However I can assure you that it is a firm track and will not break easily,” Kumar said.


While the last Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur in 2016 lasted until the fifth day, over the years there has been a trend where visitors are presented with rank turners and matches ending within three days.

“Some of the matches that ended within three days had a lot to do with how modern batsmen with T20 temperament approach the spinners. I am sure the match will not end within three days,” Kumar said.

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