Bishen Singh Bedi lambasts Pune track and the move to hold Test matches at Ranchi and Dharamsala The pitch at Pune and the eventual outcome has got tongues wagging. And with the match referee now branding the pitch as "poor", more fuel has been added to the fire.
As reactions continue to pour in from several corners, Bishen Singh Bedi says he wasn't surprise one bit that the pitch has now been labelled as such.
"I say this with humility, I don't need the ICC to tell me it was a poor pitch. I knew it when I first saw the action on television. It was a disgrace and I feared someone would get seriously injured," he said in an interaction with Mid-Day.
After Pune, Ranchi and Dharamsala are scheduled to host their maiden Test match. While the BCCI is clear about its approach of taking international cricket to new centers across India, the move hasn't gone down well with a select few. Prominent amongst them is Bishen Singh Bedi.
The outspoken legend has said the move to host Test matches at these new venues dilutes the status of Test cricket.
"You need to market and promote Test cricket. If bigger centers can't do that, how do you expect smaller venues to do so? I can't see why you want to have Test cricket in Ranchi and Dharamsala."
While citing examples of England, Bedi added that Test cricket must be reserved for popular centers only. "Would a Test match be held at Northampton instead of Lord's? Would Junction Oval host a Test instead of the Melbourne Cricket Ground? No, this is not called popularising the traditional game. Test cricket cannot be diluted and you are doing just that by having Tests at small centers."
Tymal Mills, Kevin Pietersen pull out of PSL Final
Ahead of the PSL final to be played in Lahore from the 5th of March, the Quetta Gladiators have been dealt with a massive blow, as the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright have withdrawn from the game, set to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Following the suicide bombing, there has been a massive unrest in the city and several other cricketers, the likes of Kumar Sangakkara also expressed their apprehensions over going to the city to play the final, if their team reached that stage.
"Unfortunately I will not be travelling to Lahore for the final but will be watching from home and cheering on the boys who I know will fight just as much as they have all tournament," Mills tweeted.