Pakistan should have played the match: Kapil

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Patna: Pakistan should have played the Test match at the Oval with England instead of walking out of the ground, former Indian captain Kapil Dev has said.

''Cricket should not have been abandoned and Pakistan could have lodged protest while continuing with the game,'' said Kapil Dev, who was here on Friday to promote a branded pain killer.

To rumours about fissures in the cricketing world after a spat over ball tampering between the Pakistan team and Australian umpire Darrell Hair in England last week, he said, ''Cricket should not be divided over any issue.'' The only Indian captain to have won a World Cup suggested that 'controversial' umpires should not be fielded in any international match and the International Criket Council(ICC) should consider the feelings of the playing teams.

''Most countries in the Asian sub-continent have reportedly had some problems with Hair who has been known for his controversial decisions in matches,'' he commented.

Kapil, however, said umpiring quality of Hair could not be questioned, but if countries had some problem with him then the ICC should decide to keep him out of those countries to avoid any controversy.

He termed the current Indian team as a bunch of talented players, saying the forthcoming series in Malaysia would be interesting as it would bring to the fore the teams potential.

To a query he said cricket in India had been in the hands of politicians and businessmen and except Raj Singh Dungrapur no other cricketer ever got an opportunity to administer cricket.

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