~~State bodies should be fined for placid tracks~~

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former Indian cricketer Robin Singh today said that state associations should not be given domestic matches unless they prepare lively pitches.

Expressing concern at India's poor show against South Africa in the ODIs, Robin said, ''It will never improve unless they play on lively tracks at home. The climate is such that the tracks will take spin automatically after two-three days. But we need to give it some grass.'' ''The state associations should be asked to make lively tracks.

They should be made accountable. If the tracks are not found to be lively their home matches in domestic cricket should be taken away,'' he added.

''The smaller centres should be utilised for this purpose. A centre in Guwahati can be an ideal place for a fast track,'' he said.

''The problem here is that all the posts are honourary. No one is accountable. The observers should not only spot players but also see what kind of pitches the game was being played on,'' Robin said.

Asked about the spin attack for West Indies for World Cup, he said, ''Anil Kumble is a seasoned performer. If Harbhajan Singh is in form, he becomes the second choice. We must also use the spinning talent of Virender Sehwag, besides Sachin Tendulkar.''

He also came in defence of out-of-form Sehwag stating that he is a big match player and needs time to get over the bad patch. Robin, who had been the coach of India-A, also wanted that Suresh Raina be played higher up the order.

He called V R V Singh a very talented player, whom he had seen personally as a coach for a short period.


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