SCG management resists pressure to install drop-in pitches

May 4th, 2011 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, May 4 (ANI): The Sydney Cricket Ground will fiercely resist continuing AFL pressure to install drop-in pitches.

SCG Trust chairman Rodney Cavalier described the AFL’s push to remove the pitch for the football season to better accommodate Sydney Swans as “ongoing”.

“Even if the Sydney Cricket Ground is the last cricket ground in the world, the Sydney Cricket Ground will not have a drop-in wicket,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cavalier, as saying.

He added: “We don’t believe that any drop-in wicket works as well as a traditional cricket wicket.”

Queensland has strongly resisted similar pressure to install a drop-in pitch at the Gabba, where Brisbane Lions play.

The Gabba is widely regarded as having the best pitch in the country, but curator Kevin Mitchell Junior claimed the wicket would lose its bounce if it was replaced by a drop-in.

The AFL claimed it was up to venues whether they retained their wickets.

“We would prefer drop-in pitches,” an AFL spokesman said. (ANI)

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