Virat Kohli TO Felicitate BCCI Chief Curator Daljit Singh
By CricShots - Sep 18, 2019 6:00 pm
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BCCI chief pitch curator, Daljit Singh’s services to Indian cricket is unparalleled and he will be performing his duties at the PCA Stadium in Mohali for one final time on Wednesday, on this occasion, he will be felicitated by the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. A senior board functionary said that a small felicitation ceremony will be taking place for the man who has been working behind the scenes to prepare quality pitches across the country for the last 22 years.

Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun with Dalijit Singh

Describing the same one of the BCCI officials said, “While he has retired from the BCCI’s pitch committee, the Mohali game is his last and it was decided by the board that he will be felicitated by the Indian skipper at the start of the game for his invaluable services.”

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Having been a part of BCCI’s pitch committee since 2012, Daljit has ensured that he makes pitches that suit teh home team almost on every occasion as he replaced the idea of making sporting pitches. In fact, a chief curator of one of the international stadiums in the country said that it was due to Daljit that youngsters got teh opportunity to enter the system and learn about the art of preparing wickets.

Daljit Singh

Taliing about the same, the curator said, “In 2012 when he became the chairman he started certification courses and we had a 21-day workshop wherein theoretical and practical knowledge was imparted to us. For the first time, we had a curators’ manual and that meant that youngsters had something in black and white that they could follow. He wanted curators to be given the same respect as match officials.”

Another curator said that Daljit also made sure that there is no tampering with the pitches can be done during domestic tournaments, especially in the Ranji Trophy.

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The curator explained, “He was the one who suggested the idea of neutral curators. But he was a visionary who knew that a West Zone curator would have issues working in North Zone as he wouldn’t be aware of the soil composition. So he also ensured that curators were appointed in their respective zones. He was an institution in himself and will be missed.’