Cricket fans all around the world are gearing up for the mega match of the World T20 between India and Pakistan at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala on March 19. The match is expected to be a cracker of the game, with lots of runs: HPCA chief curator Sunil Chauhan has said the pitch is going to help the batsmen.
The format of the T20 is such where fans love to witness numerous boundaries, and this is more than expected when the two neighbouring sides meet for their World T20 campaign.
"For Twenty20s, you know how the wickets are. This one will also be the same; it will be a batsman-friendly wicket. The pitch is such that it will be a high scoring game," HPCA chief curator Sunil Chauhan was quoted as saying by IANS.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are going to be the key batsmen for India, while Pakistan will depend on Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Umar Akmal to score brisk runs. With such batsmen on the forefront of both teams, plenty of runs should be scored. All these cricketers can play a huge role in entertaining fans in Himachal Pradesh on March 19.
The curator has even assured that the pitch will not change much during the entire length of the match.
"For 40 overs the wicket will behave the same way. But the outfield will be fast. We are preparing it right now by using sand and organic manure. We will start preparing the pitches on February 24. Currently, we are preparing the outfield. If you see the ground on February 28 or 29, you will see a lush green field unlike now," Chauhan said.
Though HPCA curators may have already started their preparation for the mega game, which is a positive thing, the match has already come into question. Pakistan has not received green signal from their government to feature in the World T20, and the Himachal Pradesh Ex-Servicemen League wants the BCCI to shift the venue after the Pathankot air base attack earlier in the year.