Indian Premier League 2011 May 12, 2011

RCA files complaint against Warne to IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Rajasthan Cricket Association has complained to the BCCI and IPL that Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne reportedly abused its secretary Sanjay Dixit after his team's loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday. The incident is a continuation of a sharp difference in opinion over the Jaipur pitch that has become public in the past few days.

The Times of India reported that RCA venue director Narendra Joshi had written to IPL's chief operating officer Sundar Raman, alleging that Warne had publicly abused Dixit by calling him "a liar and egoistic" and demanded action against Warne.

The issue is believed to have cropped up since Dixit did not accede to a request to have the match played on a different pitch to the one on which Rajasthan had lost to Chennai. The pitch for both the Chennai and Bangalore games was flat, unlike the slow and low tracks for Rajasthan's first five home games, and had a short boundary, a switch that Warne had criticised after the Chennai match.

Dixit, however, said he did not have any say in the selection of the pitch. "The BCCI has already clarified that the pitch comes under the purview of the pitch committee and curator. So, how could I have acceded to his demand?" Dixit told the paper. "His behaviour was totally unjustified and I have asked for action against him."

After the Chennai game, Warne had said Rajasthan had never been told which pitch to play on for four years until that game. However, Dixit had at the time clarified that teams had never been in charge of choosing the pitch for IPL matches, and said he was surprised by Warne's comments. The BCCI had ratified that in a statement that said: "Neither of the playing teams has a choice of the wicket, on which to play the game. It is the curator, in consultation with the committee chairman, who prepares the wickets."

The Jaipur pitch first became a topic of discussion after Mumbai Indians were restricted to 94 for 8 on it, and Sachin Tendulkar called the track two-paced. At the time both Warne and Dixit had criticised Mumbai for their comments on the pitch. The BCCI's pitches committee head Venkat Sundaram attended Rajasthan's next home game, and took the decision to switch the pitch for the Chennai game. The same pitch was then used for Rajasthan's last home game, which was also Warne's last match in Jaipur, and Rajasthan were once again comprehensively beaten.

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  • Liam on May 14, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Great comments Biggus, you summed up my feelings exactly! It's a shame that the flag waver supporters (from EVERY country) can't see past there own nationalist opinions, in particular that one you answered so intelligently to!

  • Richard on May 13, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    @Emancipator007-Incidentally, I'm also not happy with our administrators or selectors and have made my feelings clear there as well.

  • Richard on May 13, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    @Emancipator007-I'm sorry mate, it's not an anti-India thing per se, I just have grave misgivings about the conflicts of interest that seem to be inherent in the Indian cricket scene, and now that they have such influence at the ICC it threatens to spill over into the international game. Up until recently I've always been a bit of an India fan-being a spinner myself I've always enjoyed watching them. I'm sure there are many Indians who feel all is not right as well. I'm loyal to the game even over my home team-I'm on record on this site as being a strident critic of Ricky Ponting's poor on field behaviour for example. I call it as I see it, without fear or favour. Someone has to, there are already too many flag wavers and I'm too old to be so blind.

  • S.rao on May 13, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Actually you guys are right,such uncouth behaviour will be tolerated in Aus not in India, so warne should go home.

  • Smeagol on May 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    @K Noorul Ameen: You contradict yourself. You say that both teams have to play on the same pitch - this is true. So why is Sachin allowed to complain but not Warne? The pitch is not dangerous to play on, what is the problem?

  • PALLAB on May 13, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    @Biggus appears balanced in most issue cricket but suddenly cannot hide his Aussie instincts of carping about "Indian systems": the very system which had made many of his mercenary OZ brethren give up international cricket (Gilly's timed retirement to match IPL 2008, Symonds and Tait giving up competitive Tests altogether) and even shamelessly play in a "third world" country (Hayden) . Average OZ crickets Christian, Finch, Birt and many unproven international OZ players and discards are getting lifetime wages in this "Indian system". And not to speak of the numerous Aussie coaches- none of whom would be capable of taking OZ to no. 1 ranking again. So after Warne pockets his millions, Biggus and others like @Straight Drive and @Bigwonder want him to return home. Before this fracas, the Indian system was not deserving of the Orwellian observation. HA! Would high-potential Indian players such as Rahane, TM Tiwary or discards like Kanitkar, Bangar EVER get invited by Big Bash teams? Never.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Quite idiotic on part of curator and officials. I think they Don't have any idea about the league system, like EPL, etc. The home team can afford to create the ground the way it suits them. Its quite ridiculous the way the pitch nature was changed after Sachin's comment. Even Mumbai prepares the pitch which suits them, i.e., which supports strokeplay. So it was kiddish to cry foul, that too from the Legend Sachin. Since it was Sachin the matter was delt like this. Home teams must have an upper hand. If its not like this then no point in playing home and away matches. I think these guys should learn the meaning of League matches first.

  • Inshaf on May 13, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    BCCI 's bad respect to legend player's like shane warne is really disgusting...

  • S.rao on May 13, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I am at a loss of words how people have come up to defend shane warne and some are even accusing Tendulkar for the pitch controversy.Shane has made a mountain out a mole hill, the pitch contorversy should never have reached so far.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    BCCI dont care about any other player other than their beloved whatever the man wants he gets and too bad for anyone else...Of course BCCI will turn it around to make Shane Warne look like the bad guy and he has every reason to complain

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