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Hooper says focussing on game not difficult

Carl Hooper played down the incidence of crowd trouble that has marred the on-going one-day series saying his team will not have much trouble in focusssing on the game against India.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2002 20:46 IST

West Indies skipper Carl Hooper played down the incidence of crowd trouble that has marred the on-going one-day series saying his team will not have much trouble in focusssing on the game against India here on Thursday.

"I don't think it is difficult to focus. We are here to play cricket and we will take it in our stride," Hooper said on the eve of the fourth one-dayer here.

Hooper said the injury which kept him off the third trouble-scarred match at Rajot was "not too bad" but he would have to wait till tomorrow to see if he was fit enough to play. "Even Pedro Collins will have to wait to ensure he is fit for the match".

The Rajkot game was awarded to India after crowd trouble forced abandonment of the match which left India trailing West Indies 1-2 in the seven-match series.

Without running down on the match-referee's decision, Hooper said he felt West Indies had an equal chance of winning that match. "It is very difficult to say anything in a one-day match till the last ball is bowled. Anything could have happened in Rajkot.

"But ultimately it is the match-referee's decision. Neither the captain nor the manager has a right to dispute it," a disappointed Hooper said.

On the wicket at the Motera Stadium here, Hooper said though it would be his first match at this venue, he expected it to be a batsman-friendly pitch. "I am playing here for the first time. All along the wickets have helped the batters and I think this track will be similar to what we have seen."