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Dec 10, 2012 | Category: General News | Posted by:admin

Duleep Cricket Ground: New Home from Home for Kolkata Knight Riders...

Work is underway on the existing Duleep cricket ground, initially developed pre-war by the British in Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

The site is to become a western India base for Kolkata Knight Riders, current IPL champions.

This site is the oldest cricket academy in India, historically home to famous international cricketers. Placed close to the sea, and close to sea-level, poor drainage and salinity are key problems with growing grass there, together with high peak temperatures.

ISTeC have designed a system which allows irrigation of salt-tolerant sports-type grass with brackish water, which is then flushed-through regularly via the advanced drainage system to prevent toxic salt levels from building-up under evaporation, a common problem with salt-water irrigation.

This high-tech system is designed to be easily managed, with regular soil and water testing via hand-held meters. All that will be visible is verdant, hard-wearing turf for cricket.