India vs Australia: BCCI chief curator Daljit Singh's job on the line after ICC rates Pune pitch 'poor'

PTI, Mar, 01 2017
India vs Australia: BCCI chief curator Daljit Singh's job on the line after ICC rates Pune pitch 'poor'

New Delhi: Veteran pitch curator Daljit Singh's job as chief curator of the BCCI is on the line after the scathing report by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which rated the Pune pitch, prepared under his guidance, as 'poor'.

Indian captain Virat Kohli looks back at his stumps as Australian cricketers celebrate on Day 3 of the Pune Test. AFP

In fact, Daljit was in charge when the Nagpur pitch was also rated 'poor' by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe during the India versus South Africa Test match in November 2015 that ended inside three days with an emphatic victory for hosts.

Another showcause by the ICC certainly has not gone unnoticed by the Committee of Administrators (COA) and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will have to frame a reply within 14 days according to the global body's norm.

"Even if there were instructions from team management, Daljit could have just ignored them. No one can pressurise the curator if he doesn't want to buckle down. But Daljit has had a history of succumbing to demands of the team management, giving one designer track after another. It's just that Nagpur and Pune were too bad even for his comfort. The COA might look into the matter," a top BCCI source told PTI.

Daljit's position will certainly be under threat as this is the second adverse ICC rating in 14 months.

There are some rumours in BCCI circle that one senior functionary among the existing lot called up in Pune at the behest of the team management but that was merely a telephonic conversation and nothing documented.

Since there are no written instructions from the team management or the BCCI, the buck stops at Daljit, who is already 79 and has survived as Lodha reforms doesn't specify the age of a curator like selectors (60 years) or administrators (70 years).

Published Date: Mar 01, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2017


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115