On the eve of the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, a fresh controversy highlighted the internet after Australian media and a few cricket experts accused BCCI and Indian management of doctoring the pitch.
On Wednesday, February 8, fresh images of the Nagpur pitch surfaced on the net, where it was visible that the curators, after Indian management’s orders, watered the centre of the wicket to benefit the pacers but left the left sides of both ends untouched.
Several experts believe that the pitch will be challenging for the left-arm batters, and Ravichandran Ashwin will play a crucial role in this match. Interestingly, Australia have 6-7 left-hand batters, which is why the Aussie media and experts feel that the pitch is unfair for the baggy greens.
Cricket expert Robert Craddock, speaking with SEN, expressed his disappointment and said, “The Gabba pitch was criticised heavily for having too much grass, but it was the same for everyone. Yes, it was not the best wicket, but it was equal for all. You cannot say the same about this pitch. Australia have six left-handers in their top eight, so if you start multi-preparing parts of the deck, that’s straight-up pitch doctoring, it’s poor. “
Simon O’Donnell went a step further and even urged the ICC to intervene. “The ICC should step in and do something about it if they think it’s not right.”
However, India skipper Rohit Sharma has broken his silence on the matter and asked everyone to focus just on cricket. “We should just focus on cricket and not the pitch. We want to concentrate on the game.”