Ex-BCCI chief Durgapur defends Nagpur strip

Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:Former Cricket Board President Raj Singh Dungarpur on Wednesday came out in support of the wicket prepared for the third India-Australia Test here by the Vidarbha Cricket Association's curator.

"It's the best first-day wicket I have come across ever," the former BCCI Chief told reporters.

Dungarpur also hit out at Australia's stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist and Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly for their pre-match comments about the wicket, saying they should have refrained from talking about pitches whose nature none can predict accurately.

"I have played here for 15 years and I can say that in November this wicket behaves exactly as it did yesterday. The fact that over 360 runs were scored and seven wickets have fallen indicates that it's a good wicket," Dungarpur, who played first class cricket for Rajasthan in the 1960s said.

"I am sorry that the Australians have called it an Australian-type of wicket and the Indians have termed it unplayable. The sort of comment that the Australian skipper has made would not go down well with the ICC," he remarked.

"The pre-match comments predicting the nature of wickets are fraught with even more danger than those predicting the results of elections," Dungarpur said.

"I compliment the Vidarbha Cricket Association officials for the fine wicket they have come up with. Bad wickets only lead to bad cricket overall. And Indians have lost more matches than they have won on under-prepared pitches," he said.

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