India’s first ‘Hybrid Pitch’ unveiled in Dharamshala

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India’s first ‘hybrid pitch’ was unveiled at a grand ceremony at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium on Monday. The event was attended by cricketing dignitaries like IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal and former England cricketer and SIS International Cricket Director Paul Taylor.

India’s first ‘hybrid pitch’ was unveiled at a grand ceremony at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium here on Monday. The event was attended by cricketing dignitaries like IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal and former England cricketer and SIS International Cricket Director Paul Taylor.

Dhumal said, “After the success at iconic venues like Lord’s and The Oval in England, the use of hybrid pitches will revolutionize cricket in India.” Hybrid pitches made from natural turf and artificial fibers are more durable. This puts less pressure on the groundsmen in preparing the pitch and also does not pose much of a problem in maintaining the standard of playing conditions. The pitch contains only five per cent synthetic fibre, ensuring that the natural characteristics required for cricket are preserved.

Taylor thanked HPCA for partnering in this prestigious project. A key component in installing the hybrid surface is the ‘universal machine’ which was developed by SISGrass in 2017 and has played a vital role in creating uniform pitches at county cricket grounds in England. The ICC has approved the use of hybrid pitches in T20 and ODI matches and plans to use them in the four-day County Championship from this year.

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