England tour of India - Cricket: Englands demand for practice in Eden refused

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: In a bid to put pressure on the hosts, the English team had demanded merely hours after its arrival on Saturday that it should be allowed to practice at the Eden Gardens for the entire duration of its tune up ahead of the inaugural January 19 tie of the six-match One-day series.This was despite the mutually agreed schedule between the two Boards which provided for two days of practice for the visitors at the Eden on January 15 and 18, while fixing CC&FC as the venue for the work-outs on the remaining days before the first tie. The itinerary also finds a place in the media guide distributed by the visitors. The English team management on Saturday placed its demand before the CAB, but was politely refused. "We are preparing the ground for the match. We cannot make it available to them now as that may hamper the preparations. Moreover, the security concerns are also there," a CAB source, said."Moreover, they knew about the schedule well in advance and made no noises about it so long. The sudden decision to put forward this demand seems to be the pressure tactics of a professional side," the source alleged. PTI

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