Daljit appointed chairman of BCCI’S pitches-grounds body
CHANDIGARH: Daljit Singh has been appointed as the chairman of BCCI’s newly constituted pitches and grounds committee.
The appointment of Daljit marks his comeback into the board’s scheme of things after the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch fiasco during the India-Sri Lanka ODI in 2009 saw his ouster.
“The board has gone for a overhaul of this committee as well, adding seven new curators as members.
“This basically means we will have more manpower at our disposal to visit every venue across the country for improving the playing conditions,” he said.
Daljit said the board was also making efforts to improve the conditions at the domestic level and the present committee has a clear mandate to look into the ways of improving the standards. “Besides looking after international matches, we will also try and improve conditions for the Ranji matches and also for under-25, under-19 and under-16 age group tournaments,” he said.
Daljit said it was a known secret that all countries enjoy the home advantage, and India should not lag behind in it. However he was quick to add, “The home advantage should be within the parameters of the game. As long as the pitch plays to the strengths of the home country, without giving them an undue advantage, I think everything can be taken in the stride.”
File photo of Daljit Singh