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Ranji Trophy: Flat tracks are killing the game, says UP coach

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 - 6:45am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna
Venkatesh Prasad was an unhappy man after his side’s match with Maharashtra ended in a dull draw at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Monday.

Uttar Pradesh coach Venkatesh Prasad was an unhappy man after his side’s match with Maharashtra ended in a dull draw at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Monday.

“This is one of the most pathetic tracks I have ever seen. The host associations should be held responsible for preparing such tracks,”said a visibly upset Prasad. “Such tracks are killing the game. Kedar’s knock was good, but I only hope that he is not carried away by this knock,” said the former India seamer.

The batsmen made merry on a lifeless pitch, scoring 1,433 runs in the four days. In reply to Maharashtra’s mammoth 764 for six declared, Uttar Pradesh made 669 for seven, still trailing by 105 runs when stumps were drawn on the final day.

Prasad claimed that such wickets deceive the batsmen and demoralise the bowlers. “This is an unsporting track and I want the BCCI to look into this. Such wickets build false confidence in players. A good bowler may lose his confidence, while a batsman scoring bag full of runs will be carried away,” said Prasad. He complimented Piyush Chwala for his quick-fire hundred.




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