Indians are at battle with ICC not SA: Pollock
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2001, 21:36 [IST]
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Centurion Park (South Africa): South African captain Shaun Pollock on Thursday said his country had done no harm to the Indian team and therefore he did not see any reason for India to pull out of the current Test series."It is a battle the Indians are having with the ICC. I don't understand why all of a sudden they want to call off the series. There is nothing that the South African cricket and the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) has done," Pollock said reacting to reports that the Indian team might pull out of remainder of the series in protest against the harsh punishments meted out to six of their players including skipper Saurav Ganguly and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar by match-referee Mike Denness. "To call the tour off does not make sense to me, but they obviously have got their reasons and feel strongly about it," Pollock said as the South African team gathered here for the third and final Test starting on Friday. Pollock brushed aside suggestions that the controversial action of the match-referee had created hard feelings between the two camps. "I don't think it has created more needle between the two teams," he said. Pollock also had a word of caution for his team saying the India would be a much more strengthened side after this episode. "We realise that a side in adversity often tends to pull closer together and come out stronger," he said.