14 of 31 curators flunk BCCI’s certification course

first_imgThe end result of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) path-breaking curators’ certification course must have shattered it as 14 out of 31 participants flunked the test.The examination was held in theory and practical segments, and seven of the 14 curators failed in both papers.It dealt a shattering blow to the BCCI officials’ sincere efforts to impart scientific training to them so that they could improve the condition of pitches across the country.A minimum of 60 per cent marks each were required in theory and practical to clear the two papers.Those who failed in only one paper – either theory or practical -would be allowed to take the compartmental paper while there is likely to be a refresher course for those who have passed.Jaipur-based Taposh Chatterjee of Rajasthan Cricket Association topped with 88 per cent marks. He secured 132/150 marks -66/75 in theory and 66/75 in practical/viva.According to sources, former Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy player Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan was second with 124/150 marks, Sunil Chauhan (123/150) of Himachal Pradesh was third, Samandar Singh Chouhan (121/150) of Madhya Pradesh fourth and Chhattisgharh’s Shamim Mirza (120/150) fifth. Perhaps due to embarrassment, the BCCI hasn’t still announced the results.No BCCI official was available to comment on why so many curators failed at the two-day examination held at the end of the three-week certification course, spread over 75 sessions at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali from July 9 to 29.However, a top official who conducted the course said that the inexperience of the participants was a major reason for the larger number of failed ‘students’. “The questions asked in the examination were not very difficult.Some of the answers were there in the curators’ manual, which the BCCI published and contained all the modern methods of pitch preparation.”We had also suggested the participants some relevant books published in Australia and South Africa, besides internet,” the official told Mail Today. “You would not like to go to a doctor who has just completed his MBBS; you would always prefer a doctor who has established himself. Same thing happened with this course. A lot inexperienced people came for the course,” he explained.”The BCCI, however, had no control over who the state associations sent for the course. Each association was asked to nominate one curator who has been associated with pitch preparation for some time. But curatorship is a never-ending process; you learn as you go on.” Chatterjee, who is also on the BCCI’s ground and pitches committee, said that his keenness to learn fetched rich dividend.”I’m working as a curator for about seven years, after having tried my hand at coaching. I wanted to improve, so I tried everything. I attended seminars and tried experimentation etc.,” Chatterjee told Mail Today.advertisementlast_img

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