Unhappy with pitch conditions Indian cricket team curtails training session. India’s only practice match before the five test match series against England which begins on August 1 was reduced to three days from the initially scheduled four after the Indian management and players unhappy over the pitch and outfield conditions in place for the match. The decision to shorten their match against Essex was taken by the team during a net session which left them disappointed with the pitch conditions. There was clear displeasure among the Indian camp with Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri being seen having a long and animated discussion with the pitch curators, expressing the team’s unhappiness at the apathetic conditions being provided to the team.
In a drama that began after the Indian team’s afternoon net session at the same ground where their match against Essex was scheduled to take place. A rugged, barren outfield risked players getting hurt while fielding. That wasn’t the only lack of preparation from the ground officials though. While the training pitches were completely bald, the main pitch was a lush green top which was hindering the Indian team’s preparations and chance to play of a proper English wicket.
Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun, Ravi Shastri and the rest of the Indian cricket team staff took stock of these conditions and were seen having discussions with the ground staff. Despite shaving the main pitch to offer the same conditions as the net pitches, the Indian management was in a mood to budge from their decision of playing a curtailed match.
“Essex Cricket and the England & Wales Cricket Board have today agreed, at the request of the BCCI Management Team, that the scheduled Tourist match between Essex and India will now be played over three days,” the county said in a statement.
Essex is sticking to their stand of providing the best facilities to the team with an Essex county representative maintaining that the Indian team “were happy with practice facilities”. He attributed the curtailment on the hot prevalent conditions owing to the current heat wave in the United Kingdom. They have also said that people who had bought tickets for the full 4 days will be refunded for the one abandoned day.