BCCI upset with RCA for 'obliging' Aussies

The BCCI has objected to top-class facilities being provided to the Australian team by the Rajasthan Cricket Academy in Jaipur ahead of the Test series.

updated: September 28, 2008 09:33 IST
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New Delhi:

The Cricket Board has objected to top-class facilities being provided to Australian team by the Rajasthan Cricket Academy in Jaipur, where Ricky Ponting and Co are camping for a week before the start of Test series.

BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty told a private television channel said the RCA was obliging the Australians more than expected.

"We won't get this kind of facilities if India went abroad, we would have got the bare minimum. RCA is being a little too obliging to the Australian team, they have done more than what a host country will do," Shetty said.

Former India coach Greg Chappell, who is the chief coach at RCA Centre of Excellence and is presently touring with Australian team as the assistant coach, has arranged all facilities using his influential association with the RCA.

Chief Curator of RCA admitted that specialised practice pitches, each of a different character had been offered to the Australians.

"Looking into the conditions of India, we have given Australia everything they wanted for practice. We have prepared 10 wickets for Australia," said Chief Curator Taposh Chatterjee.

But the RCA officials refused to agreed that there was anything suspicious about their hospitality.

"Well, this is the first time a team has come a week before. So, why not if we are fair players," said RCA President Bimal Soni.

Ponting's men, who arriver on Monday will practice in Jaipur till Sunday. They will fly to Hyderabad for a four-day practice match against the BCCI President's XI starting October 2. The series opener starts in Bangalore from October 9.