IND vs NZ: Change in Pitch Before Kanpur Test Series

On Monday, Team India coach Rahul Dravid and captain Ajinkya Rahane had expressed their displeasure over the pitch.
IND vs NZ: Change in Pitch Before Kanpur Test Series
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Teams of India and New Zealand have reached Kanpur for the Test match to be held on November 25, but even before the start of the Test, Green Park Stadium has come under controversy regarding its pitches. On Monday, Team India coach Rahul Dravid and captain Ajinkya Rahane had expressed their displeasure over the pitch. Now New Zealand team coach Gary Stead has also expressed displeasure. The pitches meant for practice were rough and there was a risk of injury to the players. After the displeasure of both the teams, the practice pitches have now been improved. Ahead of New Zealand's practice session on Tuesday, pitch curators were seen improving practice pitches.

Rahul-Ajinkya got angry over pitch condition

Team India's captain Ajinkya Rahane and coach Rahul Dravid reached the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Monday by breaking the circle of the bio-bubble. Both reached there at around 4.30 in the evening. He closely inspected the ground and the pitch. Curator L. Met Prashant Rao and also talked about the nature of the wicket. He stayed in the new dressing room for about 15 minutes. The coach also inspected the practice pitches and asked them to improve them. He was slightly unhappy with the level of the practice pitches.

Again New Zealand coach looked unhappy

The Kiwi team reached the stadium at 9:40 am on Tuesday. After running and stretching, she went to the nets. Kiwi coach Gary Stead arrived to inspect the practice pitches. During this, he appeared unhappy with the pitches. He saw the ball bounce on the wicket and expressed displeasure at the position of the stump.

After this, the curators were seen improving the pitch

Complaints were made to Green Park curator Shivakumar and BCCI neutral pitch curator L Prashant Rao. On Tuesday, both the pitch curators were seen improving the practice pitches. The New Zealand team practised fiercely after improving the pitch.

The focus was on the main pitch, not the practice pitches

Shivakumar had prepared all the pitches. Prashant Rao had arrived in Kanpur on November 14, but he did not pay attention to the practice pitches. Both the curators focused only on the main wicket and kept on levelling it. Both the BCCI and the UPCA curators were not focused on the practice pitches. There were flaws in the practice wickets. The players of Green Park Hostel and Kanpur team also complained about the pitches, but it was ignored.

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