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Pak walk out of practice after dispute

The team touring Sri Lanka walked out of practice after they were asked to share the venue with a group playing softball cricket.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 12:08 IST

Pakistan's cricket team touring Sri Lanka walked out of practice on Tuesday morning after they were asked to share the venue with a group playing softball cricket.

"It's a disgrace," Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmersaid.

"When you are on an international touring side wanting a center wicket (for practices) and can't get one, it looks a little strange."

Pakistan's team were scheduled to practice at Colombo Cricket Ground on Tuesday morning but were informed that the ground had already been allocated for a local cricket match.

"We went there for little practices and we were told that a soft ball match was being played, which no one seemed to know," Woolmer said.

Most Sri Lankans play cricket using the tennis ball instead of a hard cricket ball, mainly for leisure.

Unable to practice the players returned to the hotel and afterward the practices were shifted to Premadasa Stadium elsewhere in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.

An official in-charge of arranging practices said that it became difficult to book center pitches because all the cricket grounds had been booked months ahead because a public holiday fell on Tuesday.

Pakistan's team led by Inzamam-ul-Haq will play in three limited-over matches before two Tests against Sri Lanka. The first match of the series is scheduled to be played at Premadasa Stadium on Friday.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 12:08 IST