India news January 24, 2012

Srinivasan wants fair Indian tracks

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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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  • POSTED BY Rumy1 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY trumpoz 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.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 5:10 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY spathy 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY TRAM 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.

  • POSTED BY IndianCrazyFan 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.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans 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.

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY trumpoz 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.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 5:10 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY spathy 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY TRAM 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.

  • POSTED BY IndianCrazyFan 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.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans 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.

  • POSTED BY agsankar on | January 25, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    To those who talk about conditions (@Kavindeven et.al.), India is a large country and has all types of environmental conditions. The question is why not have domestic games played in places where you can simulate away from home conditions with green top and lively pitches before talking about test pitches in India. We can play Test matches in India in dust bowls for sometime before we transition. If we continue to find excuses to not change we will be at the bottom of the pile. Next thing you might hear Gambhir asking for use his gardener to prepare pitch and play with tennis ball with only leg side play that suits him. I guess we need to get some gathering in front of BCCI HQ (Anna style) during some meetings to have them really worry that we are getting impatient with them.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    its a pity hearing statements like this...it undervalues India's victory overseas like the ones in england in 1986,the indian chase at port-of-spain and other victories...playing to ones strength i agree but if aussie pacemen get 20 wkts why cant the indians....is playing on turning tracks not an insult to the quickies like kapil,zaheer,ishant,srinath

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | January 25, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I find this response from the BCCI President rather silly. In the first place it gives unnecessary credence to Gambhir's remarks, which I am sure came out of sheer disappointment. Did anyone really expect the BCCI to go and replace all the pitches in the country to favour spin ? I wish we had some sensible people with cricket experience at the helm rather than businessmen.

  • POSTED BY enigma77543 on | January 25, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I agree it's easy to say make so & so pitches but the fact is that we're limited by the environment; also agree India should make turners & exploit home-advantage, have Aus or anyone else started making turners in their countries because they get lose in India? NO, so why should India do that. What is needed to improve the performance overseas is more A-team tours to other countries & it's not like BCCI doesn't have the money for it. Another thing is that BCCI shouldn't restrict players from playing county-cricket or other overseas domestic competition where they get to play & get used to those conditions.....but no! BCCI is so greedy that it makes them play so many Internationals & IPL-matches that they don't have spare time to go play county-cricket or whatever, where they can be relaxed & experiment & improve their skills without being under pressure. Zaheer was listless but it was only after a stint in county-cricket that he became more consistent, youngsters need this exposure

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | January 25, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    To all those who are asking India should prepare green pitches. Let me clear it to you. The Major Test match venues in India are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata and all these venues usually have matches during summer season. And here in India conditions are always humid and you have dry heat, so even if you leave grass on top, it will be dried and on the other side there is no movement through the Air. It is easy to say prepare green top pitches, but you need suitable conditions as well.

  • POSTED BY nauman421 on | January 25, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    The main problem is with ICC's ranking system which is insensitive to home/away circumstances. If that is corrected then mostly we would see balanced cricket.

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | January 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Some of the people here are so ig norant of history, and short sighted in their thinking, it is amazing. Indian weather conditions don't naturally support the creation of fast and bouncy pitches!!! It is too hot here, and that takes away the moisture and kills the grass. And the wind is not exaggerated, so there is only limited amount of swing on offer.

    The flat dead tracks that we have today in India is because about 10yrs ago they tried to change normal indian tracks into fast, bouncy ones with the help of a lot of internationak pitch consultants. It was a miserable failure, and the tracks instead ended up dead and useless. Feroz Shah Kotla is a prime example. The same track on which kumble got 10 wkts is now a completely dead track.

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | January 25, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Doh! If you actually read the article, Srinivasan is only saying what is best for cricket. Making results pitches, ie. even contests between bat and ball, which is exactly what you get in England and Australia. India haven't failed abroad because the conditions favour the home team, they have been battered because they can't score more than 300 runs, and can't take 20 wickets, on fair pitches. Srinivasan: "Our aim is to give fair wickets and not one-sided ones". In India the balance is always either way too in favour of spinners, or too in favour of batsmen, making it an unfair, and hence, boring contest.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @Krishna kumar Lol it was just rajasthan's good batting Tamil nadu couldn't even get to 300 on that dead pitch and they were 8/2 in the second innings give some credit.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Please prepare low bounce,slow,flat,dead and batsmen friendly pitches. Come on don't jeopardise the averages of so called great batsmen and people like Virat Kohli, Gambhir, Yuvaraj, Raina and MS Dhoni. Finally some body talking sense. If India wants to improve they have to admit that their batsmen are only good on placid surfaces and they can only improve if they make their pitches more bowler friendly

  • POSTED BY ansram on | January 24, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    If they are not making rank turners, then are they planning to make roads? Come one, make some bouncy green tops, and see REAL batsmen emerging from India in future.

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | January 24, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    I am a bit baffled by the debate&more blabber on the pitches etc..why don't we realize that the problems are elsewhere,Awful&gutless Captaincy,Pathetic/Waning reflexes of the 'legends' & atrocious selection.All this talk of swing/seam is non-sense,remember it is the same Dravid, Sachin&(Ganguly)that tore apart England with both new balls(twice in the same match-Headingley 2002) to register an innings victory.Remember the same Dravid scoring magnificent 100 on a seamer friendly track in Nottingham that was literally a user guide to batting in seaming & swinging conditions..the same Dhoni(would you believe it??)scoring a chancy but gutsy match saving 50 odd@Lords 2007.This team lacks guts,intensity,desire&the fighting spirit.Most importantly it lacks the KNOCK OUT punch,remember Lords 2011,Nottingham 1st inns 2011,even here Melbourne both inns..its not as much about ability as about SPINE&SPUNK,btw MrSrinivasan plz DROP DHONI to save test cricket in India!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 24, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    BCCI should be run by ex-cricketers not politicians and money makers. Lack of professionalism from current lot.

  • POSTED BY Babloo3544 on | January 24, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Still BCCI won't say "We will prepare green pitches assisting swing and pace". I can only see Indian cricket going downhill. This is actually good considering that we do not have world class players in other various sports. Its a shame that India with a billion population cannot fetch more than 1 or 2 gold medals in Olympics. With the sure drop in popularity of cricket, this should improve. Again I am expecting too much!

  • POSTED BY ccriccfan on | January 24, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Then do something about it Mr. Srinivasan instead of blabbing! Make fast bouncy pitches, spinning pitches whatever it takes, you have all the money! Show us fans some results, not some jumbo mumbo words of yours

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    This is real sportive stuff.. Even after the disappointed overseas performance, BCCI not ready to kill the sport by making it a total home sided affair.. we dont need to create pitches like Australia, england and S.Africa either , we have an orginality and we ll follow it.. no spl preparation in the pitch to giv home advantage i really second that..

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I suppose Ranji champions would play better than the current team down under

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    OUtback Chubbs....Why do the Indians have to pattern themselves after Aus, England and SA???? Their strength is spin and hence, India needs to prepare pitches to their stregth...Imagine what YOU would have told the Aussies if they had prepared turners and lost....And it is FOOLISH , NOT SPORTSMAN LIKE, to prepare pitches that are not to your benefit!!!

  • POSTED BY add2dxb on | January 24, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @ Outback Chubbs . 100 % agree with ur comment ..india need to prepare flats pitches Aussi , england , SA they has ...before the tour coming aus,SA,Eng they need to practice on flats ,bouncy picthes,grassy .then they will not lose like current we 7 straight losses..BCCI pls point & prepare pitches what i said & mr.Outback Chubbs he said.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I am not able to understand this. One side we are preparing dead pitch for the important Ranji Final and another side the BCCI head says fair tracks for the international. Since he is the boss he should take bold step atleast from the next season that all the BCCI sponsored tournament should have a sporting(fair) pitch so that the players also use to the conditions very well. We have been talking this for long time nothing has happend. Hope Mr.Srinivasan takes a bold decision in the interest of the Indian cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    why cant india make both kinds of pitches and play. when its aus, eng, SA and NZ touring play them on spinning track. any other weak team play them on fast track. keep the mumbai, kotla, eden garden as spinning pitches and all other pitches should favor fast bowling thats the only way india can keep their home record gud and learn to play on seaming, swinging conditions

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | January 24, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    BCCI pls stop this torture which is going on for 8 consecutive overseas Test matches, either do something to about it or scrap all future overseas Test series of India, we viewers can't take this anymore, it is painful to watch them

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | January 24, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I thought there wasn't a problem...or was that until his P.R reps told him to reverse his stance publicly?

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | January 24, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    the old Indian thinking of BCCI thinking what they do is the best and not ready to listen to anyone, even their own players who are out there on the field experiencing actually what is going on

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Nice to see the BCCI recognising what needs to be done. I think having pitches that turn and keep low defeat the purpose of cricket for India. They need to look at the rest of the world. Australia, South Africa and England all have pitches that are similar in ways. Why would you not want to at least try and have the same conditions at home as you would playing away. It has shown here in Australia how the ball carry's a lot more and the bounce is genuine. OK the pitches have been a little green but that's Australia. I will give credit also for not using the excuse that they have played to much cricket. I look at it like this when you play at the elite level you are expected to be fit and at your best. I think the same way for Australia. I hate excuses about fitness. If you are not match ready then don't play. Nice article and I have a little more respect for Srinivasan. They just need to look at the DRS now.

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  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Nice to see the BCCI recognising what needs to be done. I think having pitches that turn and keep low defeat the purpose of cricket for India. They need to look at the rest of the world. Australia, South Africa and England all have pitches that are similar in ways. Why would you not want to at least try and have the same conditions at home as you would playing away. It has shown here in Australia how the ball carry's a lot more and the bounce is genuine. OK the pitches have been a little green but that's Australia. I will give credit also for not using the excuse that they have played to much cricket. I look at it like this when you play at the elite level you are expected to be fit and at your best. I think the same way for Australia. I hate excuses about fitness. If you are not match ready then don't play. Nice article and I have a little more respect for Srinivasan. They just need to look at the DRS now.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | January 24, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    the old Indian thinking of BCCI thinking what they do is the best and not ready to listen to anyone, even their own players who are out there on the field experiencing actually what is going on

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | January 24, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I thought there wasn't a problem...or was that until his P.R reps told him to reverse his stance publicly?

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | January 24, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    BCCI pls stop this torture which is going on for 8 consecutive overseas Test matches, either do something to about it or scrap all future overseas Test series of India, we viewers can't take this anymore, it is painful to watch them

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    why cant india make both kinds of pitches and play. when its aus, eng, SA and NZ touring play them on spinning track. any other weak team play them on fast track. keep the mumbai, kotla, eden garden as spinning pitches and all other pitches should favor fast bowling thats the only way india can keep their home record gud and learn to play on seaming, swinging conditions

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I am not able to understand this. One side we are preparing dead pitch for the important Ranji Final and another side the BCCI head says fair tracks for the international. Since he is the boss he should take bold step atleast from the next season that all the BCCI sponsored tournament should have a sporting(fair) pitch so that the players also use to the conditions very well. We have been talking this for long time nothing has happend. Hope Mr.Srinivasan takes a bold decision in the interest of the Indian cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY add2dxb on | January 24, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @ Outback Chubbs . 100 % agree with ur comment ..india need to prepare flats pitches Aussi , england , SA they has ...before the tour coming aus,SA,Eng they need to practice on flats ,bouncy picthes,grassy .then they will not lose like current we 7 straight losses..BCCI pls point & prepare pitches what i said & mr.Outback Chubbs he said.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    OUtback Chubbs....Why do the Indians have to pattern themselves after Aus, England and SA???? Their strength is spin and hence, India needs to prepare pitches to their stregth...Imagine what YOU would have told the Aussies if they had prepared turners and lost....And it is FOOLISH , NOT SPORTSMAN LIKE, to prepare pitches that are not to your benefit!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I suppose Ranji champions would play better than the current team down under

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    This is real sportive stuff.. Even after the disappointed overseas performance, BCCI not ready to kill the sport by making it a total home sided affair.. we dont need to create pitches like Australia, england and S.Africa either , we have an orginality and we ll follow it.. no spl preparation in the pitch to giv home advantage i really second that..