Nothing wrong with turners: Kirsten

Updated: 16 April 2008 12:48 IST

Coach Gary Kirsten collected $75,000 and a shield from the ICC for India's second rank in Test cricket. He said, "I have no issues with the Kanpur pitch.

Nothing wrong with turners: Kirsten
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Mumbai:

The Kanpur pitch may have kicked up a storm for being too favourable for spin-reliant India against South Africa, but coach Gary Kirsten on Wednesday said there is nothing wrong in taking the home advantage as long as the tracks are not dangerous for the visiting sides.

Kirsten, who received a cash prize of USD 75,000 and a shield from ICC CEO Malcolm Speed on behalf of captain Anil Kumble for the Indian team finishing second on the ICC rankings behind Australia, said different countries offer different conditions and no one should complain.

"As far as I am concerned India won the Test match at Kanpur. I have no issues on the pitch. I leave it to the BCCI.

There are different (pitch) conditions in different countries.

Succeeding away from home is a big challenge," the former South African Test opener said.

"I am very pleased that groundsmen and curators around the world are not overdoing it. In all these years only one pitch was considered dangerous (the pitch at Jamaica's Sabina Park in Kingston in the 1998 series between West Indies and England)," he added.

Topics : Cricket Gary Kirsten
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