India v South Africa, 5th ODI, Mumbai October 27, 2015

Wankhede curator complains against Shastri, Arun

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Sudhir Naik, the Wankhede curator, has complained to the Mumbai Cricket Association because he and his assistant were the targets of an alleged outburst from India team director Ravi Shastri and bowling coach B Arun following South Africa's massive win in the fifth ODI.

"We have received a complaint from Naik alleging two members of India support staff getting involved in a heated exchange with the MCA curators after the Wankhede ODI," MCA joint secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar said. The MCA managing committee, in its next meeting on October 30, will decide whether to forward the letter to the BCCI.

After India's second biggest defeat in terms of runs, Shastri is understood to have sarcastically complimented Naik, saying "great wicket," and he allegedly followed that with an expletive, which led to a heated exchange. Shastri, however, denied that he used the expletive.

It is understood Naik's letter states that Arun complained of the nature of the wicket. Naik said in the letter that the Indian team had not asked for a specific surface and it was unnecessary for Arun to have a go at Rajesh Mhamunkar, who looks after the Wankhede pitch for all non-international matches

The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the facts had to be ascertained. "We need to look at the details first, we can't straightaway go to the action," he said. "As for the BCCI taking action against anyone, whether it is a player or a member of the support staff, if you remember the incident in Australia and in the last six months we have made it very clear that the rules and regulations are equal for everyone. The same yardstick will follow in every case."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Frost on October 31, 2015, 14:24 GMT

    Mr. Shastri is just becoming hilarious with every passing moment, with all his ridiculous excuses. I'm just waiting to see how much more of this can he do...

  • Adam on October 29, 2015, 23:48 GMT

    Next time, try a little harder to win the toss.

  • Amila on October 29, 2015, 11:33 GMT

    I think it's a meaningless thing to blaming each other by looking this biggest defeat at home.Everybody knows that Indian team bowling attack is on very poor situation right now.So all they need is to give attention to their bowling attack and make some handful use of bowlers rather than paying attention for batsmen.

  • Xiong on October 29, 2015, 8:44 GMT

    Too many runs from an ODI pitch. That's a new one. Well done Shastri. This ain't test cricket.

  • Ajay on October 28, 2015, 23:33 GMT

    In my view, there was nothing wrong with the pitch and on the contrary was a wonderful batting pitch, ideal for an ODI.

    Shastri was merely saying to the curator "look boss, you know we cannot win if there is no turn and slowness in the pitch, so please please I beg you to prepare a square turner the next time India plays here, I may not be around then, though".

    What else can he possibly mean? Mr RJ Shastri has hardly had any positive impact on the team environment as a whole or its thought process. He is simply enjoying his stint as a so called 'team director' who has not directed the team in any clear direction. He looks like a dummy in his chair in dressing rooms, watching the game. Wake up Ravi, there's lot to do.

  • Rajasundram on October 28, 2015, 22:30 GMT

    Adding to Heartout's comments. If any team beats India in India, India will not play any form of cricket against that country at home, away or on neutral grounds.

  • Pr on October 28, 2015, 22:23 GMT

    Hilarious. I was however expecting that groundstaff to receive this blowback.

  • Aqib on October 28, 2015, 21:47 GMT

    Southafrica chased down 434 against Australia he's just mad india couldn't do it on a better batting pitch... Forget about the pitch southafrica have scored 400 plus 4 times in the last year. They can do this to teams.. Even with Amla out of touch and duminy out and miller out of form too. Wow lol.. What a team

  • bismoy on October 28, 2015, 17:02 GMT

    Why in odi pitch condition comming into play? Next what t 20 should be according to home condition else we can't win that also .lol

  •   Cricinfouser on October 28, 2015, 15:04 GMT

    The Proteas gave a startling batting display at the Wankhede. Dhoni had no clue as to what has hit his bowlers. Surprisingly not a single yorker was bowled by the Indians. Rohit and Virat got out to silly shots while Patel and Singh gave catch practice. Rahane was the only star around. What is Sahstri doing with the Indian team ? One manager is just enough alongwith one coach. Ashwin is missed very much. Looked like there was no balance in the team and the batting tail was rather long and fragile. The selection team should look at the future and rope in young palyers. Mishra and Singh should pack up. One should look for good allrounders. Binny is definitely no solution to that role. Jadeja has not done any justice to the chances given to him. 6-wickets against a lowly-placed team in Ranji trophy is not enough to call him back. What happened to the promising A-team players ? One should try them out. Even Dhawan should go back to Ranji trophy level to stake his claim. Wake up selectors !