The BCCI reacted strongly to Matthew Hayden's comment about India being a 'third world' country, saying such a remark was totally uncalled for. Back home after the 2-0 series defeat, Hayden spoke about, what he perceived, poor ground conditions and inordinate delays during the matches “that happen in Third World countries.”
Not to take it lying down, BCCI Finance Committee Chairman Rajiv Shukla lashed out at the Aussie. “This was a completely uncalled for remark by him. A player of his stature should not have made the comment,” Shukla said.
“If slow-over rate is your habit, why blame India for that and call India third world?” Shukla said.
Hayden made a list of things which he felt resulted in Australia’s slow over-rates in the series against India. “They (opposition batsmen) are very difficult to get to face up,” Hayden said. “Often we find ourselves with hands on hips waiting for someone to either face up or someone in the sightboard to move away; all the little frustrations that happen in Third World countries and the heat as well,” he added. " It's not just us in international cricket that seems to struggle with it for whatever reason," Hayden said.