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Venkat Sundaram to head pitches committee

July 30, 2003 19:51 IST

Former Delhi skipper Venkat Sundaram has been appointed chairman of the reconstituted Grounds and Wickets Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Making the announcement at Kolkata on Wednesday, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said the newly-constituted committee would meet at Kolkata on August 5 to plan for the ensuing cricket season.

Sundaram was appointed chairman after Kasturirangan resigned from the post. The other members of the committee are Daljit Singh, Dheeraj Parsana, Anand Shukla and Prabir Mukherjee.

Sundaram, a qualified umpire and a selector of the Delhi cricket team, has specialised on preparation of a variety of pitches and the quality of grass for the outfield. He has been closely interacting with the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute.

The Grounds and Wickets committee meeting is also expected to take a decision on Kanpur as the Test venue for the upcoming New Zealand series on August 5.

Mohali and Kanpur were originally scheduled to host the two Tests against the Kiwis, but doubts were raised with regard to the latter after it was reported that the relaid pitch might not be ready in time.

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