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It's a case of sour grapes

Written by: Sajith Balakrishnan
Published: Sunday, November 9, 2003, 17:08 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: At a time when he should talk with the bat, Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming has preferred the other way round. But his crying foul about the itinerary is nothing but a case of sour grapes. The itinerary for the present tour was well laid in advance. So there is no point in Fleming blaming the schedules for his team's shoddy display. Prior to the arrival of the New Zealand team, a contingent of the Kiwi Board had arrived in India to monitor the arrangements. Even they didn't bother to complain. Fleming should have thought of a few facts before making such fallacious comments. When India visited the Kiwi land last time, the hosts laid under-prepared greeBangalore: At a time when he should talk with the bat, Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming has preferred the other way round. But his crying foul about the itinerary is nothing but a case of sour grapes.

The itinerary for the present tour was well laid in advance. So there is no point in Fleming blaming the schedules for his team's shoddy display. Prior to the arrival of the New Zealand team, a contingent of the Kiwi Board had arrived in India to monitor the arrangements. Even they didn't bother to complain.

Fleming should have thought of a few facts before making such fallacious comments. When India visited the Kiwi land last time, the hosts laid under-prepared green tops just to unsettle the visitors' batting lineup. On grounds in which the hosts chased totals close to 500 in the earlier season, totals of even 150 were found to be demanding. Such a cricketing system has no grounds whatsoever to grumble over match schedules.

The fact that the home team is playing day-night matches can be attributed to commercial interests only. Every home team has a say while preparing schedules. Fleming seems to have forgotten the fact that Australia has never played back-to- back matches in its World Series every season while visiting teams have been at the receiving end, being pitted quite often twice in weekend double-headers.

India has been known for its hospitality. India could have prepared turning tracks to pay back the Kiwis. But they didn't, so the Kiwis should be the last to complain about tailor-made conditions. n tops just to unsettle the visitors' batting lineup. On grounds in which the hosts chased totals close to 500 in the earlier season, totals of even 150 were found to be demanding. Such a cricketing system has no grounds whatsoever to grumble over match schedules. The fact that the home team is playing day-night matches can be attributed to commercial interests only. Every home team has a say while preparing schedules. Fleming seems to have forgotten the fact that Australia has never played back-to- back matches in its World Series every season while visiting teams have been at the receiving end, being pitted quite often twice in weekend double-headers. India has been known for its hospitality. India could have prepared turning tracks to pay back the Kiwis. But they didn't, so the Kiwis should be the last to complain about tailor-made conditions.

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