Hathurusingha confused by Fatullah pitch

Bangladesh

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha admitted he had never seen a pitch prepared like the one in Fatullah for their Test against India.

Hathurusingha and his side arrived at the ground to find cut grass sprinkled all over the top of the wicket and he conceded he had no idea what to expect from the pitch.

"The pitch is hard to read because I have never seen a pitch like this before," he said.

"We have to take the heat into account as well. The wicket is not going to be a fast bowler's paradise, that's what I can tell you.

"It is new for me. I don't know, may be for other people also. I am also waiting to see how it is going to play out."

His ignorance of the technique is perplexing since it has been used by groundsmen across the country to hold pitches together for longer.

"I have no idea to predict this wicket. For the first time we have no control over what type of wicket this will be. We will try to select the team that gives us best chance to take 20 wickets," Hathurusingha added.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said it was a bit different to see the technique used on a Test pitch but didn't think it would have much impact on the game.

"The wicket here is quite different. We have played first-class matches and some BCL one-day matches here. We have some idea of it," he said.

"We don't usually see grass on Test wickets, but on ODIs and other formats. Whether the grass will hold for five days or how much it will impact on the play, it is new to me.

"Spinners will have advantage from the first day, and the batsmen are also likely to be at ease here," he concluded.

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