Wankhede-like pitches will ruin Tests: Imran

Published: Monday, November 8, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Jaipur:Slamming the Wankhede wicket, legendary all-rounder Imran Khan today said home teams should not ruin the spectator value of Test cricket by stretching their preference for pitches too far.

The former skipper said Test cricket was already facing a stiff challenge from One-day cricket and the tendency to have tailor-made tracks needed to be curbed.

"Every country has a right to prepare the kind of wickets which suit their own bowlers. But there has to be a limit. If something is not done soon to curb this trend, cricket is sure to suffer," the cricketer-turned politician said during an interactive session at a function here today.

"In order to gain victory in front of their own countrymen, every team is going too far to prepare pitches favouring their own bowlers. This will ruin interest of the spectators," he said.

Asked about speculation that some of the One-dayers in the India-Pakistan series earlier this year were fixed, Imran said there was no truth in the allegations.

"Some of the newspapers made some speculation regarding results of the matches and unfortunately some of them proved right. But I don't see any truth in allegations (that matches were fixed). No player compromises with his own performance," he said.

Earlier in the day, Imran had offered prayers at Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's dargah in Ajmer near here.

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