Dharamshala Cricket Stadium introduces India’s first hybrid pitch

| Updated: 07 May, 2024 1:06 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In a significant development for cricket in India, the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium has unveiled the country’s first-ever ‘hybrid pitch’. This innovative pitch, which blends natural turf with synthetic fibres, promises enhanced durability and consistent performance, setting a new standard for cricket surfaces across the country.

The unveiling event was attended by Indian Premier League chairman Arun Dhumal, former England cricketer Paul Taylor, who is also SIS’s International Cricket Director, and esteemed dignitaries from the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

The introduction of the SISGrass hybrid pitch is expected to significantly enhance the quality of the sport played on Indian pitches. SISGrass designs, constructs, and supplies hybrid and synthetic cricket match pitches and practice net areas for a wide variety of organizations, including international cricket venues, local cricket clubs, schools, and universities.

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While the hybrid pitches are currently being used for practice only, this development marks the first time a venue in the country has installed such pitches. Already successful at Lord’s and The Oval, SISGrass Hybrid Pitches are now set to revolutionize cricket in India.

Arun Dhumal expressed his delight at the inauguration, stating, “This remarkable development showcases the progressive spirit that is driving Indian cricket forward. By adopting innovative solutions like the ICC-approved hybrid pitches, we are not just ensuring a sustainable future for the sport, but also building another avenue for growth.”.

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The ‘Universal Machine’, used in Dharamshala to install the hybrid surface, was first developed by SISGrass in 2017. It injects a small percentage of polymer fibre into the natural turf inside cricket stadiums and pitches. The composition is more resilient to stresses created during play, helps to prolong the life of pitches, guarantees an even bounce, and eases pressure on busy groundskeepers.

Paul Taylor, SIS’s international cricket director, said, “We are pleased to announce the successful installation and implementation of hybrid cricket pitches at the iconic Dharamshala Stadium.

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