Bhubaneswar, Sep 5:
Team India’s dashing opener Virender Sehwag will inaugurate the first-ever synthetic turf wicket at Pragati Sporting Ground here on September 15.
The Club has laid two synthetic turf wickets and four turf wickets to provide round-the-clock practice to the cricketers.
According to Ranjib Biswal, former Team India manager and president of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) “Unlike natural turf pitches that are unfit for play during rain, the synthetic turf pitches are exclusively designed for players to play and practice throughout the year”.
The tufted polypropylene synthetic grass wickets are conducive to both pace and spin for all levels of cricket in all weather, he said, adding that the two wickets have been laid by the Club from its own funds.
The former Odisha Ranji cricketer also informed that the Club had decided to import a bowling machine from the United Kingdom this week to upgrade its infrastructure.
“The bowling machine will have 19 variations with a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. The players of the state can use this facility by paying a user fee, Biswal added.