A Cricket Australia board member Harry Harinath has rubbished suggestions that the pitches being used in the ongoing Test series in Australia have been designed to give the home team an advantage and said an international team must be able to play on all kind of tracks.
Reacting to left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra's comments that there appeared to be a change in both appearance and behaviour of the Test venue's pitches in Australia, Harinath said part of playing Test cricket was performing regardless of the conditions.
"The current Indian team is not a bad team. It's a good team, but for reasons unknown to me they're not performing," said Harinath.
"But there should be no complaints about the pitches. If you're an international standard player, you should be able to play on all sorts of pitches."
"When our players go to India, they've got to play on what is available there. You can't have the same pitches all over the world; they change from place to place," he added.
Nehra had toured Australia in 2003-04 and felt at that time the pitches only had bounce but weren't so seaming.
Harinath said it was important for world cricket that India remained a competitive side, even after losing the series to England 4-0 and facing the prospect of a whitewash in Australia.
"Every team has periods of success and failure. What we do well in Australia is we prolong the periods of success...if you have a good system you can shorten the periods of failure. The pathway and the training - it's all very important," Harinath was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.