It~~s unfortunate: Waugh on Lara being dropped

Published: Thursday, November 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Tiruchirappalli:Former Australian captain Steve Waugh today described as unfortunate Brian Lara and other top West Indies players being ruled ineligible for a One-day cricket tournament in Australia in January after refusing to a sign a contract over sponsorship deals.

"It is unfortunate Lara and the others have been dropped from the West Indies team. Avid lovers of the game will only love to watch such brilliant players in action. I hope the controversy will get sorted out," Waugh, who is here as the brand ambassador of AMP Sanmar, told reporters.

On India's batting ace Sachin Tendulkar's low key performance in recent matches, he said, "Every time one cannot expect top players to be playing in full bloom."

"I do not think he needs any advice," he said, when asked if he would offer any advice to the batting star.

Asked what would be his top priority if he were chosen as India's cricket coach, Waugh said his policy could be to "catch them young". He would locate budding stars at below 21 years, impart intensive training and mould them into world-class players.

Waugh maintained that he had not heard about "complaints" of Australian pace bowlers, Glenn McGrath and Gillespie falling under the category 'of chuckers', when it was pointed out to him that Sri Lankan spin ace Muttiah Muralitharan had said recently that "some bowlers from Australia, McGrath and everybody" bent their arms beyond the limit allowed by International Cricket Council (ICC) under current regulations.

At present, spinners are permitted five degrees, and fast bowlers 10. The ICC had recently recommended that all bowlers be allowed to straighten their arms by up to 15 degrees.

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