World’s renowned cricket statistician Mohandas Menon has spotted a dead crow placed near the pitch at the R. Premadasa, Colombo, where the fifth and final ODI was played between Sri Lanka and the visiting South African team.
Menon has been feeding statistical data to Sony Ten commentators.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, hours before the match on Sunday, he said, “it is just placed on stick (stump height) outside the main pitch and will be removed before the match”.
“I understand this ensures that no other crows comes in the vicinity and it really works”. “I have not seen anywhere else in Sri Lanka. There are lots of crows near this ground”.
Later, the Sri Lankan manager Charith Senanayake, speaking also exclusively, said, “it is just to prevent crows digging the wicket and damaging the pitch. Angry crows are deadly in this vicinity”. “It must be the ground staff idea”, he said.
Godfrey Dabrera, despite repeated attempts didn’t answer the calls. There has been an instance of a county cricket match at the March Town Cricket Club (in England, MCCA Trophy match against Cumber landthat) had been forced to find a new venue after crows caused “devastating” damage to a pitch in Cambridgeshire in 2013.