Mumbai:Gory days are on the anvil for the home of Indian cricket, the Wankhede stadium, which houses the headquarters of the BCCI.
The euphoria over welcoming the world champions, Team T20 has given way to damage to the ground that is far more extensive than what meets the eye.
In fact, it could seriously affect preparations for the 7th ODI between India and Australia on October 17. And Nadeem Memnon, a former curator who knows virtually every inch of the ground, isn't too pleased.
"The main pitch has been damaged and so have the practice pitches. These will probably be repaired but its a sad day for Indian cricket," said Nadeem Memon, Former Curator, Wankhede Stadium.
The grand reception for Team India seems to have run into a fair bit of controversy. First, the charge that the function was hijacked by NCP functionaries and now, the obvious damage to the pitch.
For now, the Mumbai Cricket association is putting on a brave front and hoping for quick damage control.
"We will keep the ground ready, we are more concerned about the rain," said Hemant Waigankar, Joint Secretary, Mumbai Cricket Association.
For now fingers are crossed in the hope that the Wankhede pitch recovers from injury.