Former cricketers seek action against DDCA

Former cricketers expressed shock at how a pitch unsuitable for an international match was prepared for the India and Sri Lanka ODI at Ferozeshah Kotla.

updated: December 27, 2009 09:13 IST
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New Delhi:

Expressing shock at how a pitch unsuitable for an international match was prepared for the fifth and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Ferozeshah Kotla here, former cricketers on Sunday demanded strong action against Delhi and District Cricket Association.

The ex-India players said DDCA should be pulled up for the pitch fiasco after the fifth one-dayer was abandoned due to unfit playing conditions after 23.3 overs with Sri Lanka at 83 for five.

Former India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi squarely blamed the DDCA for the pitch fiasco.

"DDCA had made a mess out of the pitch and they should own up the responsibility. I wondered how a pitch which was not used even for Ranji Trophy matches was used for the one-dayer," Bedi said.

"Action should be taken against them (DDCA) but that is BCCI's job," he said.

Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar held the BCCI Pitch Committee responsible for the incident and asked the Cricket Board to take quick action.

"It is a shameful incident this kind of pitch is prepared for an international match. BCCI Pitch Committee must be held responsible and DDCA have to answer a lot of questions. BCCI should take quick action that is important," he said.

"Some deliveries were rearing up even from the good length which is not good for cricket. DDCA must refund the entire money to the spectators who came to watch good cricket," he added.