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Kapil takes Shastri's side in pitch controversy

Tue, Nov 03, 2015, 04:33 PM
Jaipur, Nov 3: Supporting Ravi Shastri in the pitch controversy involving him and Wankhede stadium's curator Sudhir Naik, former captain Kapil Dev on Tuesday said the Indian cricket team's director was right in demanding a pitch that suited the home side.

Controversy erupted as India suffered a heavy loss against South Africa in the fifth and deciding One-Day International (ODI) thanks to three hundreds from the visiting batsmen to surrender the series 2-3.

Following the match, Shastri allegedly abused Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) curator and his former teammate Naik for preparing a flat wicket, further fuelling debates on whether the hosts should prepare pitches that suit them, not the tourists.

The country’s cricket governing body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has formed a panel to look into the matter. The panel will submit its report soon.

“I completely support Shastri. The home team should always play to their comfort and that suit them, not the opponents. When you go to South Africa or anywhere, you get to play on the pitches that are against you,” Kapil said during the launch of a tournament in Rajasthan, ‘Saath: 7, Cricket Mahotsav’ here.

“Cricket is not played to please your guests. We have every reason and right to have home advantage that comes from the pitch. Hence, we must prepare pitches that suit our team combination,” the 1983 World Cup-winning captain reiterated.
Agency: IANS
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