India news January 24, 2012

Srinivasan wants fair Indian tracks

ESPNcricinfo staff

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, has said the Indian board will not prepare rank turners for home Tests. His comments were made last week, before Gautam Gambhir said India should prepare turners to level the playing field.

Speaking on NDTV, Srinivasan also said that he was confident the Indian team would bounce back in next month's ODI tri-series against Australia and Sri Lanka.

"Our aim is to give fair wickets and not one-sided ones," he said on being asked whether Indian pitches should be tailored to back the spinners, traditionally one of the team's strengths. Over the past few years, Indian Test surfaces have generally been slow and low, and produced lots of runs.

India have a strong home record, losing only two Tests over the past five years, but are currently on a seven-Test losing streak overseas. Srinivasan insisted that India would not be content with home wins and wanted more away victories. "The intention, whenever our team goes out, is definitely to win. There is no such intention and neither will the BCCI be satisfied with a win at home," he said. "Not at all. It is our earnest endeavour to win whether at home or outside."

Srinivasan also strongly denied that an overloaded cricket calendar was the reason for India's poor performance. "If you take the last three years, England and Australia have played more number of days of international cricket than India has. I am including that [the IPL]. And also excepting M S Dhoni, nobody else has played all the days of international cricket."

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  • Munawar on January 27, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    There couldn't be a more blatant conflict of interest situation here. Srinivasan was the Secretary, then Vice President and now President who owns an IPL team. I guess other IPL team owners - Shahrukh, Shilpa, Mallya, Subrata Roy and likes should also get a chance to head BCCI one after the other. Why should they get discriminated. Right Mr.Srinivasan. And yes they also have never been a cricketer like you.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Mr. Srinivasan, owner CSK masquarading as president BCCI - if you can ensure that your mascot, K Srikanth & your captain MS Dhoni think of India ahead of CSK when picking team India combinations, India will have much better success. Their unwillingness to risk Rohit at the expense of good-for-nothings Dravid & Laxman, lest Rohit scores runs thereby blocking the entry of either CSK's Badri OR Murli into team India has resulted in India getting pasted in Australia. The rest of the team has seen this blatant misuse of authority, are unable to do anything against it, but are demoralised enough so they became easy fodder for the Aussies. Cricinfo - even if you have been advised against publishing this, please do Indian Cricket a favor & forward this comment to the CSK management - N Srinivasan, K Srikanth & MS Dhoni.

  • richard on January 27, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    A fair cricket wicket - everywhere should be aiming to produce these. These are pitches that have something in it for the fast bowlers on days and -2, good for batting 2-4 and good for spin on days 4 (late) and 5. Generally the pitches this series have done that. The problem is that the Indian batsmen have not been able to cope with a disciplined bowling attack (the same way Aus could not handle the English bowlers last year). There would not be the same whinging if India had won a test or two.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Chepauk's track is the worst track of the country.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    I think India should prepare ranked turners. Why? Because we produce quality spinners that others cant. It shows disrespect to our legendary spinning quartet when India put on 4 quicks in WACA. India being a predominantly vegetarian country cant produce bowlers of the caliber of Akhtar or Lee. Further kids in India play on road and not on green ovals that can be found in every street corner of Australia. Hence the short indian run up. India should not be bothered about giving quality surfaces for tourists until they have similar infrastructure as in Australia. Give our spinners a chance. Dont kill Indian cricket to please the Australians and the English.

  • sri on January 26, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    We have to think about Mr. Srinivasan . Own a IPL team & president of BCCI. What a joke. This is only can happen in indian cricket

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    GAutam Gambhir's statement of making dead and spinning pitches in India is a sign of desperation and agreement to indian team not being able to play on fast pitches. that was totally unexpected from Gambhir or any indian cricketer. I think current indian players like gambhir, raina, yuvraj, kohli, and few others know they are good on indian pitches only.

  • TR on January 25, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Gambhir's call for rank turners was pathetic, immature failure's comment. If he had any courage at all he would not say that and rather say 'we will improve our skills' or 'we will fight back' etc. Whatever respect I had in Gambhir has gone. Just by that statement he has shown he is not fit to be a player in the team and some have already started suggesting him as captain ! I am fully with NSrinivasan. Get fair pitch. India CAN produce world class players. It is the current bunch of old and semi-old players in the team who are so negative and hopeless both in their skill and in their mindset.

  • Venkata on January 25, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Good Atleast he didnot say Gambhir is right and we'll use full spin pitches.

    We should have aleast 2-3 pace and bounce pitches and use them atleast for 1 test when we play with countries like Aus,Eng and SA. These should also be used if not always but at important level in Ranji matches so players will get to use with this kind of picthes and wll be helpful when travelled abroad.

    If we continue to see 700s and feel happy on dead track we'll see more white washes abroad now that Fab 3 will no more be there abroad untill Kohli/Rohit/Raina/Pujara settle completely in 11.

  • Kavin on January 25, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @ agsankar - Where exactly India can host matches then? Dharamshala? Kashmir? Asam for those similar conditions? Sure conditions will be similar to Aus, End or SA, but there will be security issues and you won't see crowd turning up to watch matches there, specially test matches. Forget it.

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