Disappointed Kirsten says play could have started early

Updated: 17 February 2010 14:20 IST

Gary Kirsten on Wednesday indirectly took a dig at the CAB for a delayed start of one and half hours on day four of the final Test against South Africa.

Disappointed Kirsten says play could have started early

Kolkata:

Disappointment writ large on his face, India coach Gary Kirsten on Wednesday indirectly took a dig at the CAB for a delayed start of one and half hours on day four of the second and final Test against South Africa.

Bad light and intermittent rain interrupted most of the day's proceedings as only 34.1 overs of play was possible as South Africa were 115 for three -- still trailing by 232 runs -- at the close of play on the penultimate day.

"It would have been handy to have 50 overs today. But that's what we were dealt with. We just have to get on with it and use the time we have left with," Kirsten rued.

There was no rain in the morning, still the match was delayed by 90 minutes.

Indirectly criticising CAB's facilities in getting the ground ready today, he said play could have started a little early.

"Obviously, this morning when we arrived here, we could have played in. It was disappointing not to be on the field then. That's the way it is. We can't fight weather," he said.

Asked whether he was unhappy with the facilites, Kirsten said he was not the person to comment on this but it was disappointing.

"That's not for me to comment. it was disappointing not been able to have more time this morning. we were out over one and half hour this morning. That's not for me to take up, that's just the way it is," said the South African.

The run up at the High Court end was wet as groundsmen took one and a half hours to get the ground ready as play began at 10.30am instead of the scheduled 8.57 am start.

When contacted, curator Prabir Mukherjee told PTI, "We did our best. It's up to the match referee and umpires to decide on the start of play."

CAB officials were not available for comment.



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