Cricket - Featured - April 20, 2020

Groundsmen Maintain Social Distancing at Eden Garden While Working On Pitch

Pandemic due to coronavirus had led to indefinite suspension of 13th edition of the IPL. The extension of lockdown is braced up till 3rd May 2020 due to increment of corona patients in India. Due to this, all the matches are suspended. However, pitch curators are working to keep the pitch good enough. Meanwhile, Eden Gardens pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee would not be idling around on a Sunday morning with his cuppa.

Maintain social distancing during work

All the veteran curator has to do is oversee whether the pitch is being watered regularly and grass kept in check.

“Look I can get this pitch ready in three days. I am ready. I visit the Eden twice every week to see how work is going. Now, all we need to do is water the pitch and cut the grass. No rollers as there is no cricket,” Mukherjee told IANS.

“I am ensuring all directives are followed. The groundsmen are wearing masks at all time. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has done a wonderful job in arranging masks for everyone, enough hand sanitiser and food. Everyone is being looked after,” he said.

As far social distancing is concerned, one groundsman is very far away from the other and anyway during watering, they have to stay far away from one another. I have told them to use one machine while cutting the grass. Also, since I have taken over they don’t spit on the field so that is not an issue,” Mukherjee added.

Applause for Edens Pitch

The Eden strip has drawn plaudits for its sporting nature since it was relaid in 2016. Asked if prolonged non-activity would cause any damage, Mukherjee said: “That is why I am at it every week. See we don’t need to use rollers now. But it has to be maintained. The grass needs to be cut and watering the pitch is so important. That is why I am confident that I can make it ready in three days’ time. Keeping in mind all restrictions of COVID-19, I am trying my best,” he signed off.


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