The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to stick with neutral curators concept in the upcoming 2018-19 Ranji Trophy after receiving positive feedback from all the curators.
The decision has been taken during the two-day annual Curators' conclave in Mumbai on Wednesday (6 June). It has abolished the home state associations' arbitrariness to prepare pitches as per their wishes.
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) introduced the neutral curator concept in a bid to stop home teams from preparing "designer pitches" especially after Ranji Trophy having home and away format since last year.
A senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity, “We got a very positive feedback from all the curators this time about the neutral curator concept. There hasn't been any significant adverse report from the match referees with regards to poor or sub-standard pitches. So it was decided that neutral curators will continue for the upcoming domestic season also.”
The official further said, “The tendency of the host associations to coerce the local curators into preparing designer tracks is a thing of past now. The feedback we got is that neutral curators were adept enough to stave off any kind of pressure that is put on them. Also if the local groundsmen are under pressure to suppose prepare a rank turner, he can always complaint to the neutral curator.”
The BCCI is highly impressed with the Karnataka State Cricket Association who has the best drainage facility in the country and expecting all state association will have the same kind of drainage facility very soon.
He further added, “The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium has the best drainage facility among the stadiums. We are expecting that all the major international venues will have the same kind of drainage facility. The concept of sub-soil drainage was also discussed.”
The official signed off by saying, “The standard of pitches during the last IPL was very good and the curators were praised for their work. The list of neutral curators will soon be released after the next round of meetings.”