Wankhede Stadium wicket will be a slow turner, says curator

The Wankhede Stadium wicket for Saturday's World Cup final will be a slow turner, like most wickets in the subcontinent during this time of the year, says curator Sudhir Naik.

Naik, a former India player, who toured England with the India team in 1974, however, insists the pitch will still be full of runs and the team batting first should have the advantage. Naik feels a score of 270-280 would be very much on the cards in the day-nighter.

66-year-old former opener who played three Tests, making his debut at Edgbaston, and two ODIs.

Naik, an M.Sc in organic chemistry, said the authorities have already decided to use a chemical spray to reduce the impact of dew on the game.

Excessive dew late in the evening can swing the balance towards teams batting second in day-night matches. The dew will freshen up the pitch and the bowlers will find it difficult to grip the ball that gets damp on a moist outfield.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had used the chemical spray to reduce the impact of dew at Brabourne Stadium here during the 2006 Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and New Zealand. The chemical APSA-80, commonly used in agriculture, was also sprayed on the outfield at Mohali in the past.

India will be playing at the refurbished 33,000-capacity Wankhede stadium for the first time, Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 112 runs in a league match at the ground on March 18.

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