Veteran curator Sudhir Naik volunteers to monitor Wankhede pitch preparation

It is learnt that the MCA is trying to get Sudhir Naik to rejoin the fold, but the veteran curator is not considering it

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Nov 12, 2011

Veteran curator Sudhir Naik, who is currently out of contract with the Mumbai Cricket Association, has volunteered to oversee the pitch preparation at Wankhede for the third Test match between India and West Indies to begin on November 22.

“Being on the West Zone committee of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), I am travelling most of the time, inspecting pitches. My job is to give recommendations and ensure they are implemented. I don’t have to go everyday for inspection.

“But I make it a point to visit the Wankhede whenever I am in Mumbai. After all, a Test match will be played here after five years and I don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” Naik told MiD DAY.

It is learnt that the MCA is trying to get Naik to rejoin the fold, but the veteran curator is not considering it.

“I don’t want their offer,” he said vehemently. “People (in the MCA) believe I work for money, but that is not true. I don’t think they (MCA) respect my work and that is why I don’t want to join them again.

“I come to Wankhede because it is my baby. I don’t come here for money. I have told MCA officials that I will look after the pitch without a fee.

“I don’t want the work we have done (over the years) here to go down the drain because of some petty issues. Test cricket is prestigious and I want to ensure the venue’s good image is retained. After all, a lot is at stake in a five-day game,” he said.

Naik said the November 22 Test will see a typical Wankhede pitch.

“There will be turn and bounce. It will be a lively and fair track,” he signed off.