Cricketers often like to play on familiar pitches, but pitches don’t travel. This, however, doesn’t hold true for budding cricketers of Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Cricket Association has embarked on an ambitious mission to take standard turf wickets to remotest parts of the state. For this, the association has imported 28 synthetic roll-out pitches from the United Kingdom.
IE reports that the pitches have been imported to make “quality wickets accessible in remotest parts of the state”.
The report quotes RCA officials as saying that the portable pitches have the potential to “revolutionise” the game at grassroots level.
Sumendra Tiwary, honorary secretary, RCA, told IE: “Rajasthan has 33 districts, of which only six or seven have turf wickets (standard cricket pitches prepared by groundsmen).”
“At most other places, they play on cemented tracks or archaic matted surfaces. With these roll-out pitches, we are trying to take quality facilities to those parts where there were none before,” Tiwary added.
The portable pitches are made up of rubberized polymer and resemble a true surface. The pitches provide both bounce to pacers and help spinners, according to the report. The synthetic pitches cost about Rs 1.8 lakh each, which is much lower that the Rs 6 lakh required to set up a proper turf wicket.