Artificial Grass for Cricket
Sports are played as a profession by the sports players but for the rest of us, it is still a recreation only. However, we forget this when passion runs high while watching a rugby match or a football game on television or in the stadium. We all like to try our hands at hitting the ball or kicking the football on the ground. When you step on the free sports facilities, the smell of the soil and the grass makes us ecstatic. However, if you have recently observed the games at many free sports facilities, artificial grass is being used more often. In fact, there are several international cricket games in which only artificial cricket pitches are used. Like cricket, pitches are used in other sports as well. The only difference being that in cricket, it is the most important area because the bowler and batsman use it all the while.
Difference between artificial and natural pitches
The big question is why the organizers use artificial cricket pitches. The answer is a bit surprising but very practical. Natural grass has several disadvantages in terms of durability and maintenance. For example, natural grass once uprooted won't come to life again even if watered. Also, it is very delicate and dies if trampled. Anyways, even if you do not damage the grass it has to be replaced once it completes its lifecycle. It is generally a year or so. On the contrary, artificial grass though delicate is still very firm and more durable. Also, during rainy season, natural glass holds water and prevents drying of the ground. On the contrary, artificial grass dries very quickly and allows for the play to continue. Maintenance of natural grass takes a lot of dedicated effort, including deploying a ground staff and providing them with resources. It has to be mowed often otherwise it grows tall and makes the field look wild. On the contrary, artificial grass remains as it is and looks lush green through the year. Natural grass consumes a lot of water while artificial grass once installed does not need any watering at all.
What type you need?
A grassy wicket is considered supportive off the fast bowlers while a wicket without grass is expected to support spinners. If the wicket is grassless and flat, it is considered supportive of the batsmen.
So whether it is cost-wise, maintenance-wise or durability-wise, artificial cricket pitches would be very useful. Also, fake turf looks almost like the natural one. There is not much difference in the response given by these turfs to the ball, whether it is cricket, tennis or football. Once you get used to playing on them, you would start loving them. And with the money saved on these turfs, you can expect more free sports facilities coming up and more free of cost time for you. You must have seen tennis players losing time because the court gets wet in rain. Also, several other games get delayed start because of wet fields. Now all these can be overcome with the artificial pitches. These pitches won't just give you more free time in the sports facilities only, but bring you many otherwise-delayed professional events on time as well.