Kiwi coach, videographer in India to assess players

Published: Friday, September 19, 2003, 23:17 [IST]
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Chennai: In a move considered to be uncommon in cricket, the New Zealand Cricket Board has sent its senior team coach solely for the purpose of making an assessment of Indian players' strength at the home soil. Ashley Ross, the Kiwis coach, who landed here on Thursday along with a videographer, Zach Hitchcock, was seen studiously doing his job of taking notes on the performance of the Rest of India team at the M A Chidambaram stadium, the venue of the ongoing Z T Irani Trophy cricket match for the T V S Cup.

Ross was seen transfixed on Sourav Ganguly, the Indian captain, who was a victim to an outside the off stump trap, Rahul Dravid, paying the penalty for taking the ball on the rise on a slow wicket to be caught at short mid wicket and V V S Laxman, who stayed at the wicket for 87 minutes to make just five runs against Mumbai, the state team. "We know what is in store for us. It is going to be difficult to beat India in their own soil.

Based on our strength, we will fight and will not give in easily", Ross, who was unwilling to talk about the purpose of his visit four days ahead of his team's visit to India, said. He said he would be holding a full-fledged press conference regarding his visit only after being permitted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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