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Curators gives massive update on instructions received from Indian team regarding the pitch for final Test against Australia

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Curators gives massive update on instructions received from Indian team regarding the pitch for final Test against Australia

The focus of the current series is gradually shifting toward the final match as the discussion surrounding the Indore pitch continues, with the majority of experienced cricketers getting upset at the raging turner laid down for the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, and only a small number of others defending Cricket Governing Body’s “poor” verdict on it.

The pitch debate will probably continue, though, as India looks to redeem itself after dropping the third Test and securing a spot in the World Test Championship final. The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), four days before the start of the series’ penultimate match, posts “instruction from Team India” on the Ahmedabad field.

After 30 wickets were lost in the first two days of play, with Day 1 showing an incredible 4.8 degrees of turn, the Indore pitch sparked some controversy. Australia managed to keep the series alive after losing the first two Tests, and the game was eventually over in seven sessions.

The first ones held after the stadium was refurbished: A State Association Source

“The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start as the track was handed three demerit points,” Cricket Governing Body’s Match Refree Chris Broad, was quoted as saying during his assessment of the pitch on Saturday, February 4.

The GCA is concentrating on getting a “normal track” ready instead of putting its reputation at risk as the fourth Test approaches.

“We haven’t received any instructions from the Indian team management and our local curators are preparing a normal track as we have always done through the season,” a state association source asserted.

“In fact, last Ranji game over here in January, Railways scored 500 plus (508) batting first and Gujarat, although suffered innings defeat, scored 200 plus in both innings. It won’t be too different this time. Obviously, last few days the BCCI’s grounds and pitches committee instruct the local curator. But, certainly, from our end our endeavour is to produce a good Test match pitch,” he added.

Two Test matches were played at Ahmedabad in 2021 between India and England, and both were won by the hosts.

“You have to factor in that the Day/Night Test and the one after that were the first ones held after the stadium was refurbished and you had no clue how the pitch will pan out,” he concluded.

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