Anoop Cholath Kandy


Anoop C K is one of the youngest groundsmen in India. He is born on 24th February 1977. He passed SSLC from BEMP Higher Secondary School. He is a diploma holder in electrical engineering from the Indian Technology Institute in Thalassery.

Anoop Cholath Kandy

Anoop turned his attention to cricket in 2000 when he attended a BCCI umpires' seminar in Thalassery. That four-day event proved to be a catalyst as he qualified as an umpire and travelled through his home state, standing in tournaments conducted by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA). While umpiring, Anoop got curious about the "behaviour" of the pitches and wanted to dig deeper. In 2006 he attended another BCCI seminar, this time for curators in Visakhapatnam. Fascinated by the process of pitch-making as well as the intricacies of weather and soil, Anoop decided to take it up as a serious vocation. To learn more, he attended a few more seminars and field workshops conducted by Daljit Singh, the head of BCCI's grounds and pitches committee.

Anoop topped the BCCI's certification course for groundsmen, held for 25 candidates between July 15 and 31 at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. The test, in which he scored 126 out of 150, involved practicals, theory as well as a viva.

The lovely cricket stadium at Krishnagiri, Wayanad, where the first unofficial cricket match between India ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’was played, is the product of Anoop C K, BCCI Curator.

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