Close on the heels of the Technical Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommending "pitches with grass and bounce" for domestic cricket, the BCCI started its inaugural Curators' Certification Course in Mohali.
The course, which began on July 9, promises to "train curators attached to the affiliated units of the BCCI to prepare good and sporting wickets," said Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI Secretary.
The course will continue for three weeks, and include theoretical and practical sessions for the 30 curators representing the respective state associations.
In its meeting on June 12, the Technical Committee headed by Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, recommended that pitches for domestic cricket have grass and bounce for the benefit of the national team's prospects. Ganguly had even recommended that trials of India 'A' players be conducted on such wickets so that it helps the team on overseas tours.
"We also have recommended that the Pitch Committee monitor wickets for domestic matches one week in advance," said Ganguly. "They should reach the venue one week before a game to monitor the pitch."
The Working Committee of the BCCI is scheduled to meet on July 16 in Delhi to discuss the recommendations made by the Technical Committee and ratify them for introduction in the upcoming 2012-13 season.