IPL 2013: BCCI instructs pitch curators to not bow down to wishes of franchises

During the meeting, the BCCI also decided that Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium won’t hold any matches of IPL 6 © Getty Images

Chennai, Feb 5, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday gave clear instructions to the curators of all Indian Premier League (IPL) venues not to bow down to the pressure from the franchises regarding the preparation of tailor-made wickets for their respective home matches in the sixth edition of the cash-rich league.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the members of various state associations and their curators with the top brass of BCCI.

“Clear instructions have been handed out to the curators that they should prepare sporting wickets and should not listen to any requests from the franchises. The franchise owners have also been apprised that they should not put any type of pressure on the curators to prepare wickets of their choice,” a member of a state unit told PTI.

“Neither the curators nor the franchises will be allowed to speak to the media on pitch related issues,” he added.

During the meeting, the BCCI also decided that Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium won’t hold any matches of IPL 6 due to the long-standing impasse between the state’s sports council, custodians of the stadium, and the Rajasthan Cricket Association.

Instead Rajasthan Royals home matches will be held at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedamad and at the newly-built Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.