A BCCI investigation has been requested after a Chennai curator was accused of disobeying team instructions during England’s 2021 tour

On a day when India thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs in the opening Test match of the two-match series in Mohali, some unsettling revelations regarding India’s Test series against England last year have emerged.

It has been revealed that the curator of the pitch at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium, where the opening game of the four-match series was played in February 2021, disregarded instructions from the home team management, including former head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun, regarding the playing surface, and the home team paid the price.

According to a report, people harmed by the curator chosen by the Board of Control for Cricket in India were eager to speak out if the board sought an investigation.

England triumphed by 227 runs, thanks to captain Joe Root’s 218 and spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess’s 11 wickets. India, under by Virat Kohli, rallied to win the next three matches and take a 3-1 lead in the series.

According to accounts, the curator irrigated and rolled the pitch overnight, transforming it into a flat deck the next morning. England won the toss and opted to bat, and Root took full advantage of the surface, scoring a 377-ball double century to help the visitors to a huge 578.

According to reports, the Indian team’s management was enraged with the curator for disobeying their directions, and the latter was suspected of doing so purposefully. According to one informed source, the incident was a “very serious misdemeanour.”

The management then approached the BCCI with a formal request to replace the curator. According to the allegation, some BCCI executives recruited a senior curator to take over for the second Test but were unaware of the occurrence in Chennai.