The IPL chairman plays down a string of low-scoring contests at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Kolkata: Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla Sunday expressed satisfaction with the Eden Gardens pitch, saying there has been no complaint from any of the sides playing in the tournament. All matches at the Eden have been low scoring with the batsmen having a torrid time on the slow and dry track. "I am satisfied with the pitch here. We have not received any official complaint from any of the sides which have played on this ground," Shukla said at the Eden Gardens, while watching the IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab.
He said as per the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India guidelines, the curators have the freedom in preparing wickets of their choice. "The BCCI can step in only if there is a complaint. And so far there has been none," he said. Shukla also refused to attach any importance to the sequence of low scores on the ground. "Just because it is a T20 game, that does not mean that all matches have to be high-scoring."
The IPL boss did not agree that the tournament has lost its charm in Pakistan as Pakistan players are not participating in it. "I had been to Karachi sometime back. And I saw tremendous enthusiasm about the IPL."