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England tour of India - Cricket: Hussain criticises lack of practice facilities

Published: Sunday, January 13, 2002, 21:59 [IST]
 
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London: The English team is known to carry the tag of whingeing boys, cribbing about things before they start on a tour. And its skipper Nasser Hussain did not try to get rid of that reputation when he criticised the lack of net-practice facilities at Kolkata.He admitted it was the first whinge in over two months but insisted at the same time that he did not see this complain as whingeing. He compared the facilities at Kolkata vis--vis excellent facilities in Mumbai and found the former wanting."In fact everything on that tour was laid on immaculately for us by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), from the nets to the Test grounds, so this is the first whinge I've had for over two months and I don't really see it as whingeing because if the England captain doesn't speak up, things won't change," Hussain wrote in the Sunday Telegraph."We had our first net-practice on Saturday or rather we were scheduled to have our first practice at a Kolkata Club Ground. But the nets were so ordinary that we couldn't use the quick bowlers' net and all Andy Caddick could do was bowl in the middle to Duncan Fletcher (coach) with a baseball mitt, while Phil Neale went off to Eden Gardens to see if he could get us some nets there for Sunday," Hussain wrote in the Sunday Telegraph."In the original schedule for this One-day series we were due to warm up in Mumbai, where we started the Test tour and found excellent facilities." PTI

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