England’s aren’t going to get a good look at spin ahead of the Test series against India in November. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has instructed its chief curator that pacer-friendly pitches should be prepared for England’s practice matches. Earlier, the selectors named an India A squad without a specialist spinner to take on England in their first practice game. Clearly, the Indian management wants to unleash its main weapon only when the Test series starts.


The Brabourne Stadium and the Dr.D.Y Patil Stadium would host the first two practice games. Abey Kuruvilla, the cricket-incharge at the D.Y. Stadium said, “It will be a good cricketing wicket which will have grass and bounce on it. The pitch will certainly help pacers more but any batsman who manages to stick around can score runs.”