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I was wrong, admits Ponting

Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting on Friday retracted previous comments he made that Bangladesh did not deserve Test status.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 22:38 IST

Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Friday retracted previous comments he made that Bangladesh do not deserve Test status.

Ponting angered Bangladesh sports fans in February when he said in an interview that the cricketing minnow was not of a high enough standard to play Tests against top nations.

"Looking back, I think I was wrong with what I said," Ponting told reporters at a press briefing ahead of the start Australia's maiden cricket tour of the South Asian nation.

"I think I was speaking from an ideal world point of view, and not putting much (emphasis) into the growth of the game in world cricket, that is where I made the mistake," he said. He said he hoped Bangladesh would continue to go ahead with the status.

"We would like to see the game go ahead and maybe Bangladesh having the Test status will take it forward because that's what it is all about," Ponting said, adding his team was looking forward to a high standard of play in their two-Tests, and three limited-overs internationals in Bangladesh.

"We are here to play good cricket and that's what we will do," he said.

The first Test starts Sunday at Fatullah near the capital, Dhaka, while the second begins April 16 in southeastern Chittagong. The first one-dayer will be played April 23 in Chittagong, while the second and third matches will be held April 26 and April 28 at Fatullah.

Bangladesh, ranked lowest among the 10 Test-playing nations, lost both previous tests it played against Australia, the world's No 1 team.

But Bangladesh shocked the cricket world last year by beating Australia in a one-day match in Wales during a triangular series that also involved England.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 18:43 IST