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Captains should not comment on pitches: Dungarpur

NAGPUR, OCT. 27. Former cricket board President Raj Singh Dungarpur today lashed out at rival captains Sourav Ganguly and Adam Gilchrist for their pre-match comments on the wicket for the third Test and hailed the track that came up for sharp criticism from the Indian skipper.

Describing the track at the VCA stadium as ``the best first day wicket I have come across ever,'' Dungarpur said Gilchrist's comments may not go down well with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

``I have played here for 15 years and I can say that in November this wicket behaves exactly as it did yesterday. The fact that over 360 runs were scored and seven wickets have fallen indicates that it is a good wicket,'' Dungarpur, who played first class cricket for Rajasthan in the 1960s said,

``I am sorry that the Australians have called it an Australian-type of wicket and the Indians have termed it unplayable. The sort of comment that the Australian skipper has made would not go down well with the ICC,'' he said.

Dungarpur said captains should refrain from talking about pitches whose nature none can predict accurately.

``The pre-match comments predicting the nature of wickets are fraught with even more danger than those predicting the results of elections,'' Dungarpur said.

``The statement made by the Indian captain would only demoralise the team. It was a magnificent wicket and Zaheer Khan and the Indian spinners, especially Murali Kartik, bowled beautifully,'' Dungarpur said.

``I compliment the Vidarbha Cricket Association officials for the fine wicket they have come up with. Bad wickets only lead to bad cricket overall. And Indians have lost more matches than they have won on under-prepared pitches,'' Dungarpur said.

The former chairman of the national selection committee also took the opportunity to take a dig at the selectors' continuing to show faith in the wicket-keeping abilities of Parthiv Patel.

Patel's work behind the stumps in the first two Tests too was below par.

``It's a very sad state of affairs that he has not been replaced by now,'' Dungarpur said when specifically asked for his comment on Patel's wicket-keeping. — PTI

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