In a bid to improve the quality of cricket pitches in the state, Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has brought soil from Odisha which is being used in several major international cricket venues across the country.
On June 19, four trucks loaded with the pitch soil arrived at Guwahati from Balangir in Odisha. At first, 10 wickets in and around Guwahati will be laid during the next three months. Phase-wise more pitches all across the state will be done in the same manner subject to the result of the first phase wickets.
“We are glad to inform you that to improve the quality of the pitches in Assam, we have brought pitch soil from Odisha which has been used in several top class international cricket stadiums across the country,” ACA secretary Devajit Saikia told The News Mill.
Saikia said eight more trucks will come loaded with pitch soil to be used in various pitches in Assam. Altogether 300 tonnes of pitch soil will be brought to the state.
“Pitch soil in turf wickets in Assam has always been an area of concern. It’s also one of the prime reasons for poor batting performances of our batsmen. To overcome this long pending issue, ACA has decided to bring the pitch soil,” Saikia added.
The first lot in four trucks was received at Amingaon field where the ACA is building cricket infrastructure.