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Pune pitch curator: Ground had to be used for wedding receptions; so match had to be finished in 3 days

With 24 wickets falling in two days, the rank turner on offer at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune has led to questions being raised about the three curators in charge of preparing the pitch

Pune pitch under the scanner
Pune pitch under the scanner

Two days before the Test started, Salgaoncar had announced that “ball will fly”, a theory that was rubbished by rival captain Steve Smith, who said that “ball will turn from Day 1”

Salgaoncar also added that there was pressure on them to prepare a pitch which would last only 3 days as the stadium had to be used for organizing wedding receptions during the ongoing wedding season.

Pune stadium has seen lot many wedding receptions this season and earnings from receptions is lot more than hosting a test match as crowds during the match was quiet feeble and not in large numbers.

In fact all the upcoming test matches at other cities will also be finished in 3 days for the stadiums to cater to a large number of weddings and other functions.