Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Pak dismisses Ganguly~~s comments on Shoaib

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 20:17 [IST]
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Peshawar:The Pakistan cricket team on Thursday sought to brush aside Indian captain Sourav Ganguly's comments on Shoaib Akhtar's bowling action, saying they do not "attach much importance" to individual statements.

"As far as we are concerned, Shoaib has been cleared by the International Cricket Council. We do not attach much importance to individual statements," Pakistan team manager Haroon Rashid said when his attention was drawn to Ganguly's comments.

The Indian captain, when asked whether he found all of Shoaib's deliveries legal after the second One-dayer against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, had said on Tuesday night, "what do you think, watching on TV? I think we all know the answer, don't we?".

Rashid said every individual has the right to make a statement but it was not necessary to react or to take it seriously. "He (Ganguly) has the right to make a statement, that does not mean that we will attach importance to it," he said.

On being fined for two consecutive matches for slow overs rate by the match referee, Rashid said the team would try to sort out this problem from the next match onwards.

"We are having this problem (of slow over rate) for a long time now. We are trying to curb this problem. I can say that from the next match onwards, you will see a lot of improvement," he said.

Rashid said the team had identified the problems, which lead to slow over rate, and would make a more conscious effort to ensure that all the 50 overs were bowled within the stipulated time.

"You get four minutes for an over. We feel that our bowlers go far too ahead in their follow through and thereby take a longer time to return to their bowling mark. "Also we take a little more time in changing over after every over. If we can save at least 40 seconds after every over, we can handle the situation."

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was penalised 80 per cent of his match fees for slow overs rate while the team was fined 15 per cent after the Rawalpindi One-dayer. Both the Indian and Pakistan teams were penalised for bowling two overs short in the first match in Karachi.

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