Virat Kohli will be allowed to choose the pitch he wants to for the match to be staged    IANS
Virat Kohli will be allowed to choose the pitch he wants to for the match to be staged IANS

With all the fuss of the second Test at Bengaluru still raging, the 3rd Test of the India vs Australia, Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 series, will soon begin in Ranchi. In the wake of the event, the local ground curator at Ranchi has made a shocking revelation that the captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli will be allowed to choose the pitch he wants to for the match to be staged. Curator SB Singh has prepared three wickets of individual characteristics, before the third Test, from which the Indian team will handpick the best that suits their game, a report in news.com.au has claimed. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

The report claimed that the visiting Australian side has been time and again duped in terms of pitch on the tour, as they played previously in what the International Cricket Council (ICC) termed as a ‘poor’ pitch in Pune, and the usually balanced pitch in Bengaluru being unplayable this season. However, the news of Kohli choosing the pitch that will be most suitable to his side s game, sounds almost unaccountable.

This is the first time that Ranchi will be hosting a Test. Speaking to Indian Express, the local association confirmed that SB Singh has zeroed on three wickets No.4, 5 and 7, to be prepared for the appraisal of Kohli. Singh added, Each of them will behave differently. The team will choose the strip two days before the match. The pitch will suit both the batsmen and bowlers and will definitely last five days.

There is no law in the ICC that restricts a captain from choosing a pitch based on its preparation; nonetheless it is seen as downgrading the spirit of the game.

Australia went through a similar experience during the Ashes tour of England of 1997 when England had readied an Old Trafford wicket, but was reported that the groundsman had left it too bare at both ends, as he felt Shane Warne would run through them, and hence the match was staged on another pitch.

The prospect of the pitch being doctored on this tour had intimidated the Australians so much that they held their pre-match preparations in Dubai, at the ICC Academy. Last year in Sri Lanka, Australia was given the facility of green-seaming pitches at nets, while the home side practiced on pitches that replicated the slow, turning conditions out in the middle.

The Australian side will arrive in Ranchi on Monday to start preparations for match starting Thursday.