A total of 13 pitches are expected to be renovated under this new initiative launched by the cricketing board
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has abandoned the idea of installing drop-in pitches and issued notifications to improve and enhance the already existing pitches, according to sources.
The ground staff and curators have already begun implementing instructions issued by the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja.
"Preparation of GSL and NSK for another big season has started! Separately and as part of PCB’s efforts to create the best possible facilities for Pakistan future stars, up-gradation of pitches in the first phase at select grounds that entertain max grassroots cricket is near completion," PCB said in a statement.
The sources claim that Bermuda Dhaka Grass will be used to improve the pitches in Karachi and Lahore stadiums. This will not only improve the condition of the pitches but also offer more movement to the pacers.
The details also reveal that the PCB has kept the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind, which is to be played in Australia. To prepare the players for the conditions in Australia, hard and bouncy pitches will also be curated. This will further help when Pakistan will host England and New Zealand at home next year.
"This is what we call post-season. Here we rectify all the shortcomings and we also experiment with new grass and soil. The aim is to de-compact the pitches and remove all the lifeless soil and organic matter from them, which brings about massive improvements," said a pitch curator in a video posted by the PCB.
A total of 13 pitches are expected to be renovated under this new initiative launched by the PCB. The pitches will have variety; some will offer more bounce whereas others will carry more grass to prepare batsmen for overseas conditions.