Sporting pitch, but no crowds at Eden
October 24, 2011 15:57 GMT
There were 632 runs scored the last time Eden Gardens hosted an ODI, with India chasing down a big total by Sri Lanka, and this time too, the curator has promised a 'typical one-day wicket'.
CAB's (Cricket Association of Bengal) curator Prabir Mukherjee promised a sporting one-day track for the fifth and final match on Tuesday, saying: "We have prepared a pitch that will stay firm with even bounce. It will be a typical one-day wicket. Plenty of runs will be on offer."
Asked what a team should do upon winning the toss, Mukherjee said: "It's not for me to say. The captain knows it the best."
The pitch has a little grass on it and it is expected to provide a little assistance to the seamers with spinners also in an advantageous position to extract some turn later on.
With the onset of winter, dew might play a major role and Mukherjee said that they are taking all measures to combat the dew factor.
"There's not much dew nowadays. But we will take precautions - of chemical sprays - in case the dew comes into play," he said.
With an overcast cloudy sky, CAB is leaving no stone unturned to avoid a situation where rain could play spoilsport. The state association has arranged covers for the entire ground with more than 50 ground-staff to do the needful.