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OCA Secy writes letter to BCCI

Cuttack,November 25: Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Secretary Ashirwad Behera wrote a letter to BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur expressing his displeasure over the quality of pitch.

He alleged in the letter that the pitch was underprepared and uneven bounce was happening. He also mentioned about his discussion on the issue with BCCI Ground and Pitch Committee head.

"It is the first time a match has been played at Kalyani and the pitch was underprepared. We informed BCCI chief curator Daljit singh about the issue. According to the BCCI guidelines, a pitch should be a sporting wicket. Besides, zonal and chief curators should examine the pitch," Behera stated.

Citing the example of Jharkhand vs Himachal Pradesh match that ended in two days in this Ranji season, Behera said, "Jharkand had scored more than 300 runs. However, Himachal Pradesh batsmen failed."

But in this case, batsman of both Odisha and Bengal failed, said Behera adding, "Players should not be held responsible as the pitch was underprepared."

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