Prescription surface development: Cricket wicket management
Inroduction Cricket is one sport where the surface has a major influence on the outcome of a match. The result of a contest can rest upon who wins the toss and how the quality of the pitch changes over the course of the match. It is little wonder that horne sides have been accused of doctoring the pitch to suit their teams' strengths. For the curator, cricket pitch preparation offers as great a challenge as any job in the sports turf industry. The needs of the cricketer are exact and there are many variables to consider when preparing a pitch. The pitch can also be an 'easy target' for an out-of-form player (or team). It is not surprising to learn that pitches in virtually every country where cricket is played have come under critidsm at some stage.