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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Quick pitch, slow pitch...

Donno about you guys, but I can't wait for the series to start; the flood of reports -- a lot of them going back over ground well covered, several contradicting several others -- is beginning to confuse the heck out of me.
Here's one from the Indian Express, which starts out with the news that the Indians are not talking of their strategy for the first Test against Pakistan.
Stop press, folks -- no team in its right mind is going to 'unveil its strategy' so the opposition can read all about it over breakfast on the morning of the big day, geez!
Elsewhere in that story, this:
Captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell made their first routine visit to the stadium to inspect the pitch and were seen having an animated conversation with the chief curator at Gaddafi, Aga Zahid.
Zahid, who is overseeing the preparations on the field in consultation with Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, wasn’t forthcoming yet on what Pakistan team management has to say on the nature of the wicket. ‘‘Everything that is being said or written is a media hype,’’ said Zahid, pointing out to the track from the boundary which in his view isn’t necessarily a fast bowler’s paradise. Rumours persist that Pak is currently worried about the lack of sunlight that is making their pitch-preparation exercise a damp squib.

And also this:
Meanwhile, the PCB has dropped the idea of staging a Twenty20 charity encounter against India during the current tour to raise funds for the October 8 earthquake victims. The decision to cancel the proposed match was taken after discussions with the BCCI officials as it was felt that it would not be possible to squeeze in the extra tie due to a tight schedule.

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