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Ganguly cut up over grassy pitch

By Will Swanton 25/10/2004 06:12:38 PM Comments (0)

Agitated Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has criticised the VCA Ground curator for ignoring his plea to create a spin-friendly wicket for the third Test against Australia.

Ganguly has revealed the curator, Kishor Pradhan, completely ignored a telephone request he made on October 20 to clear the pitch of grass and stop watering it.

Not long after Australia's injured skipper Ricky Ponting had his first net session since arriving in India - a light workout followed by catching and fielding drills - Ganguly said he was completely nonplussed by the state of the wicket.

Australian captain Adam Gilchrist described the pitch as a typical Australian or English track - far from the dusty, barren surfaces seen so far on the tour.

"I made the request but he hasn't done it," said Ganguly, worried that Australian fast bowlers Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz will receive too much assistance.

"It doesn't look like he's done much at all. I wanted the grass taken off it, but he has his own ideas. He hasn't done enough. The last two pitches assisted the spinners but the curator here has his own ways."

Pradhan confirmed the call from Ganguly.

"The pitch will be good for batsmen and good for bowlers," he told AAP.

"What else does anybody want? I do not take orders from anyone other than the president of this club. That is who I take my orders from. I look to no-one else."

Ponting appeared to get through his net session without any discomfort.

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