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Rajasthan fume over Mumbai’s late pitch switch

This decision was taken by the Mumbai team management at 12 noon on Wednesday.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: April 13, 2012 1:20 am

A late switch of wicket used for Wednesday’s game between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium,at the insistence of the home team,has attracted the ire of the opposition camp and also of the broadcaster.

Worried that the dry surface of the centre wicket,which Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid had been told would be used for the game,could make it a rank turner,the Harbhajan Singh-led Mumbai Indians asked the curator Sudhir Naik to prepare the adjacent wicket for the match. This decision was taken by the Mumbai team management at 12 noon on Wednesday.

Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid elected to field against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday unaware that the wicket had been changed at the last moment. Chasing 197,the Royals were bowled out for 170.

Rajasthan Royals batsman Sreevats Goswami said in Kolkata on Thursday,“They (Mumbai Indians) changed the wicket without informing us. On the match eve they were rolling a different wicket,which we were told would be used for the match. But before the game they changed the track without informing us. Rahul opted to bowl without knowing that a different surface would be used.”

Broadcaster complains

The change of the wicket has also irked the broadcaster,Sony Pictures,and it is learnt that they have taken up the matter with IPL chief executive Sundar Raman. The camera crew had placed their equipment at the stadium in order to telecast the game from the centre wicket but Mumbai’s decision to switch the wicket forced them to shift their equipment and re-align it with the pitch again.

Raman is set to enquire about what necessitated a change in the wicket and also why Dravid wasn’t informed about the decision.

KXIP player vents ire in dressing room

An unnamed Kings XI player allegedly damaged a door of the visiting team’s dressing room during the match against the Pune Warriors at the Sahara Stadium on Sunday. The Maharashtra Cricket Association complained to the IPL authorities about the player’s objectionable behavior as he vented his frustration during the match,one which Punjab lost by 22 runs. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla forwarded the complaint to the match referee who,after initial inquiry,ascertained that his action wasn’t intentional and hence the player was let off.

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