BCCI conducted the CURATOR’S CERTIFICATION COURSE for the curators from various affiliated units in Bengaluru from the 16th - 29th of July. 28 curators participated in the two-week course. The salient feature of the event was the participation from North East States, Pondicherry and two lady curators who attended the course for the very first time.
The course materials was in form of a curator manual prepared by the BCCI Senior Curators. The faculty included three experts who were invited from agencies outside the organisation, two BCCI qualified umpires & four members of the Ground and Pitch Committee of BCCI. The sessions covered all aspects of curatorship such as pitch construction, pitch marking, preparation, water movement, drainage, soils, grass, weed management, fertilizers, herbicides, rules of the game, operations and provided some useful insights on the importance of maintenance of modern ground maintenance equipments.
The sessions were spread in two halves, including theory and practical. In a kind of first, a session was also devoted to the anti-corruption code that educated the curators regarding safe practices of pitch making.
BCCI Chief curator, Mr. Daljit Singh seemed pretty satisfied with the programme and expected a lot of positives from the certification course. He said, “I believe everyone received a lot of scientific knowledge and it was a life changing experience for the curators. This course will make them richer in experience and I am sure they would have gained a wealth of knowledge about soil, pitch constructions, fertilisers etc.”
Mr. Singh was particularly happy with the progress from the North East states. “They (North East states) have been very enthusiastic and forthcoming. They took keen interest when we had a pitch curator’s workshop held in Mumbai a couple of months ago and their reception towards this course too has been positive. I am sure everyone would have taken this opportunity to learn, educate themselves, take a test and get a certificate after passing the test.”