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MCG Pitch Curator Explains Pitch Conditions Before IND vs PAK Match

By Rohit - October 23, 2022 - Last updated on Oct 23, 2022 12:57 AM
MCG Pitch Curator Explains Pitch Conditions Before IND vs PAK Match

Image Source: Twitter In Picture- Melbourne Cricket Ground ( MCG )

India vs Pakistan pitch report: The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the highly anticipated T20 World Cup 2022 clash between Asian cricketing giants India and Pakistan on Sunday. As fans await the blockbuster match, there is a chance that it will be cancelled or shortened due to rain. The India vs. Pakistan T20 World Cup match will begin at 1:30 p.m. IST. Michael Salvatore, the MCGs pitch curator, has opined on how the pitch will play out throughout the match ahead of the match.

The massive Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will be packed to the rafters when India and Pakistan square off in the opening match of the 2022 T20 World Cup. While there were concerns that rain would prevent a full match from taking place, those concerns appear to have been alleviated by more favourable forecasts issued today.

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All eyes are now on the pitch and how it will unfold throughout the game. While he did not reveal how the pitch will perform, Michael Salvatore, the MCGs pitch curator, has stated that the wicket will remain consistent throughout the match, which begins at 7 p.m. local time (1.30pm IST).

"T20 wickets are usually really consistent for the whole match. So it should make for a really good game. We have brought it from our wicket nursery which is just outside the ground. Its literally 200 meters outside the ground so we can move and monitor and maintain the wickets all year around. And the wickets were installed three weeks ago," said Salvatore on A Sports.

"So we have drop-in wickets here at the MCG. So for the cricket season we bring the wickets in and I sit on some sand and bed in nicely. And then once cricket finishes, we have got the football stadium. We have the ability to take them out and put them up in our special week anniversary where we can look after and maintain them," he said.

While the chance of rain was over 90% on Thursday, it has now dropped to 70%. “Cloudy. Showers are very likely (70%) in the late afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms are possible in the northeast suburbs in the late afternoon and evening. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h tending southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the evening," the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia said.

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