It appeared to be a pre-Test party with a difference at the Western Australia Cricket Association ground yesterday. No, it did not involve players from India and Australia, but the 41-year-old ground's staff, who partied with beer on the pitch. A TV channel beamed footage of the ground staff drinking their favourite drink, beer less than 24 hours before the first ball of the third Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Video: Booze party at WACA pitch!
A T20 Big Bash match between Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes
in progress at the WACA on December 18, 2011. Pic/Getty Images
According to PTI, "the visuals showed some of the barefooted staff having accreditation cards while there were others who did not have any card at all."
'CA must probe this'
The report also quoted BCCI functionary Rajiv Shukla insisting that Cricket Australia must look probe into the issue. "It is a serious matter and the Australian cricket Board should look into it. It is the responsibility of the host cricket Board to maintain the wicket. It is their prime responsibility," Shukla was quoted as saying by PTI.
Asked if BCCI had raised the matter with their Australian counterpart, Shulka, has been a manager of the Indian team, said: "It's up to the team management to look into it. If there is a complaint, only then we can take it up. We are awaiting the report of the team management.
"I would like to urge the Australian board to look into it. There should be no foreign element on the wicket. The sanctity of the wicket should be maintained," Shukla added.