Daljit ap­pointed chair­man of BCCI’S pitches-grounds body

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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

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