Lillee calls for ~~sporting pitches~~ in India

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: Celebrated teacher of pace bowling, Dennis Lillee has reiterated his call for providing 'sporting pitches' in India to compete and gain positive results in the coming 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Lillee, who has been advocating for sporting wickets in India for sometime now, was emphatic on Saturday that unless India adopted these methods as prevalent in other cricket playing countries, it will become difficult for its players to win the World Cup. The Australian said Indian batsmen should learn to play on grassy wickets at home as otherwise they will continue to struggle abroad. The Australians and the English could perform well and win Tests in India during their tours as they played on such seamy and grassy wickets at home, he said. On the contrary, Lillee said, "I do not want to sound like a broken old record. I have been advocating for sporting track for domestic matches in India ever since I have been involved with the Foundation. It is up to the Indian administrators to fall in line with the other cricket Boards." "Flat and spin oriented tracks in India for domestic play will not help its abundant talents to sustain and perform well abroad," Lillee said. He opined that both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the latter seemed to be benefiting a lot from the Foundation, have not been performing well on tours abroad. Give me statistics, if I should believe that Pakistan is performing well abroad, he asked saying that the sub-continent is not getting better outside the sub-continent.

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