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Face-lift for KSCA (B) Ground

Bangalore: The KSCA (B) Ground is all set for a face-lift as the National Cricket Academy commenced its month-long project to upgrade the outfield here on Monday.

After the old pitches were touched up and new practice pitches were laid, the NCA authorities shifted their focus to the uneven outfield and now with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sanctioning the upgradation project, excavators swung into action on the KSCA (B) Ground, ripping the top-surface to facilitate the addition of a fresh mix of sand and red mud.

NCA officials believe that the entire process of improving the outfield will be over within a month. The authorities are also scouting for American seeds of the finest Bermuda grass so that the outfield will have a smooth texture.

The KSCA (B) Ground has 37 pitches that include the 25 that were improved by the NCA. The practice pitches simulate varying conditions ranging from pace to spin and are a favourite with the players.

Recently Rahul Dravid made extensive use of these pitches to fine-tune his batting ahead of the critical tour of New Zealand.

Daljit Singh, chairman of the BCCI Grounds and Wickets Committee, will supervise the outfield relaying process.

Ryan for Kings XI

Off-spinner Ryan Ninan will turn out for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League’s second edition.

Ryan, an integral part of the Karnataka junior sides, later moved onto play for Goa in the Ranji Trophy, last season due to lack of opportunities on his home turf.

“I am thrilled at being picked by an IPL team. Last year, I was hoping for a chance with the Mumbai Indians after Harbhajan Singh was banned but things didn’t come through,” Ryan said.

The off-spinner had a remote chance of playing for the home team Royal Challengers Bangalore but he ran out of patience after waiting for the call.

“There was nothing concrete coming from the RCB side and I did not want to take the chance of saying ‘no’ to the Kings XI offer,” Ryan said.

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