The hybrid cricket pitch was designed and developed by Tony Hemming Head Curator of Dubai’s ICC Academy, researched by using different materials from other sporting codes and using native cricket soils from around the globe such as Pakistan clay & English clay. At the ICC Academy where we have access to different types of clay, a hybrid. 60mm synthetic pile was for the bowlers end and 40mm pile for the batsmen. It gives the cricketer the same variation depending on moisture in the soil, which allows Bounce, Seam & Spin of a natural pitch. It gives the groundsmen an extremely low maintenance and pitch preparation time is reduced, in fact a pitch can be prepared in one day. Foot holes are barely in need of repair.
The basic requirements for constructing this pitch are a concrete base of 150mm thick with a slope of 0.5 %. Recessed below the ground by 60mm. The Synthetic grass used usually to be filed with rubber for artificial football fields is then filled with 2.5 – 2mm crumbed rubber is replaced with crushed cricket clay at the same size. 5 ton would of clay would be required for a standard 75m2 pitch.
The clay is filled to the top of the grass level by carefully brush the grass back upright position and then filling evenly over the grass. It is then levelled off with a straight aluminium 4m straight bar. 3-4mm of grass above the surface will replicate a Pitch.
Over the last 5 years the Pitch has endured the desert elements and has been used over 600 + hours. We have taken clegg hammer readings of 300gravitates and compared them with our readings from both artificial cricket pitches & Natural turf cricket pitches. The Hybrid can get very hard like a 3rd day test pitch. By using different clays each pitch can change the characteristics to home ground advantage.
We have had professional teams like Kent, Lancashire, Durham, Indian Premier League teams, ICC Associate countries and International teams such as Pakistan, England, South Africa, Sri lanka . All have been positive in comments, England coach Peter Moores “It’s amazing this had not been tried before, it really challenges the batmen & bowlers”.