Bedi hits out at BCCI for doctoring home pitches

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Published: Friday, March 1, 2013, 14:58 [IST]
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Bedi blasts BCCI for doctoring pitches

Bangalore, Mar 1: Former India skipper Bishan Singh Bedi hits out at the Indian cricket board for doctoring home pitches to suit their spinners.

Following India's emphatic eight wicket win over Australia in Chennai earlier this week as Ashwin claimed 12, Harbahjan and Jadeja managed three and five wickets resepctively in the Test, Bedi feels the cricketing body should monitor why the BCCI officials are doctoring pitches at home to suit their spinners.

"In Australia, you don't doctor those wickets," Bedi was quoted as saying by AAP.

"Every wicket in Australia has a character to it. They have their own respective characters and those characters are never destroyed. It's the same in England," Bedi pointed out.

It is a known fact that Indian cricketers struggled to play on pace and bouncy tracks in Australia and England. In order to dominate playing at home, the officials cannot ask the curators to create turning tracks from Day 1 of the Test.

"But if it turns on the first session of the first day, somewhere along the line the ICC might have to step in. But will they?" questioned Bedi.

Stressing on the fact that the home pitches are doctored to suit Indian spinners, Bedi said they were taking home advantage to the extreme level.

"Cricket is supposed to be a game of integrity. I wasn't embarrassed. I was annoyed. It's taking home advantage to another extreme. It's not quite cricket," Bedi was quoted as saying.

India's calculation misfired against England when they doctored the pitches to suit spinners, as Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar got more assistance from the pitch than Indian spinners. Moreover, batsmen failed to score runs which also exposed Team India's weakness playing against spinners who got assistance on a pitch that started turning from Day 1.

With Hyderabad also expected to suit spinners, it remains to be seen if the visitors oppose such doctored pitches during a home series.


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