England tour of India - Cricket: Fletcher disappointed by practice facilities

Published: Monday, January 14, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Continuing to lambast the poor practice facilities at the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club Ground, England coach Duncan Fletcher on Sunday said that his team's preparations were being badly hampered by the sub-standard facilities made available to them."We have come here to compete but one thing is very, very unfortunate. We are disappointed and frustrated by the practice facilities given to us," Fletcher told reporters after a practice session at the CCFC in Kolkata."The conditions at the ground are not conducive for proper practice sessions. The facilities are not up to international standards and it is affecting our preparations," he said.The visitors had complained of poor practice facilities at the venue on the very first day on Saturday and had requested the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to allow them to workout at the Eden Gardens instead. But the CAB turned down their request citing security reasons. "The least we can expect is a practice facility of international standard, but it is not the case here. We have been asking permission to practice at the Eden, but our request has been turned down," he lamented. PTI

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