Polo cricket pitches among best in India: BCCI curator

The hard work of the Meghalaya Cricket Association to develop the MCA Cricket Ground in Polo is paying off, with the BCCI’s Chief Curator praising the pitch square as one of the best in India.

For the entire 2022-23 domestic cricket season, the ground has been put under the control of the BCCI, whose regulations and norms will be followed.

The MCA has done extensive work on improving the ground – reorienting the pitch, bringing in new soil and new grass varieties since before the Covid-19 pandemic with the support of the BCCI.

The Chief Curator, Ashish Bhowmick, remarked on the massive progress made since he last visited before the pandemic.

“The ground is much better than earlier and the pitch square, in particular, is one of the best in India,” Bhowmick said. “It’s very challenging to maintain cricket fields in the North East because of the rain and less sunlight and all the states in the region face that challenge.”

He also provided some advice on how to improve the condition of the outfield and stated that the Alotgre Ground in Tura, which he also visited on this trip, also requires a few improvements to be made.

MCA President Naba Bhattacharjee said that the association will try a mixture of different grasses in coming seasons.

“We are happy Mr Bhowmick finds the pitch to be in good condition. Like he said, the weather has been a challenge,” he said. “Now that he has visited, to the end of the domestic season, the BCCI is in control of the ground.”

Although it will still be managed by the MCA,  the regimentation and guidelines will be provided by the BCCI, Bhattacharjee further explained.

MCA Honorary Secretary Gideon Kharkongor thanked Bhowmick for sparing time to come to Meghalaya and expressed a hope that the Shillong and Tura grounds will be considered as BCCI venues.

Bhowmick was also felicitated by MCA and Shillong Cricket Association members, comprising MCA Vice-President Rayonald Kharkamni, Honorary Treasurer Dhrubajyoti Thakuria, MCA Chief Curator Peter Jarman Lamare and SCA President Peter Macdonald Kharsawian.

Photo: Mr Ashish Bhowmick (fifth from right) with MCA and SCA officials and ground staff
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