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Akram digs pitch controversy further

The legendary bowler said every team had the right to exploit home advantage and blamed the hosts' lack of communication skills for the controversy.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2004 07:54 PM IST

Former Pakistani captain Wasim Akram on Tuesday added fuel to the raging controversy over the pitch laid out for India's third cricket Test against Australia by blaming the hosts' lack of communication skills for the whole controversy.

The legendary left-arm bowler said every team had the right to exploit the home advantage and it was the job of the captain and coach to ensure they got the kind of pitch that suited their strengths.

"I don't know if there was any communication gap, but it is the responsibility of the captain and the coach to speak to the authorities and get the pitch they want. Winning is a team effort, and it involves not just the 15 or 16 players but also the Board, the groundsmen and others," Akram told a media conference in the Indian capital.

"What kind of wickets are Pakistan or India going to get when they go to Australia? That is what home advantage is all about. You have to have good communication skills, speak to the groundsman in time and get it done."

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