BCCI to look into Ravi Shastri and Sudhir Naik’s ugly spat over Wankhede pitch

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Ravi Shastri
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BCCI is not taking lightly the spat between Team Director Ravi Shastri and the Wankhede Mumbai pitch curator Sudhir Naik. The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has  said that the BCCI will look into the details about the alleged confrontation ahead of the fifth and final ODI against South Africa .

Thakur said that, the Standard Operating Procedure will be followed just like it was done when Virat Kohli had abused a journalist of a leading national daily in Perth during World Cup, earlier this year. “We will look into the details of Team Director (Shastri) allegedly confronting curator of Wankhede Stadium. We had done the same in (sic) Australia. Same yardstick will be applied,” Thakur told reporters.

Apparently, Shastri did not like the flat track that was produced by former India opener, Naik, and he apparently expressed his displeasure at nature of the strip. The Team Director, allegedly, used some harsh words, and Naik reacted sharply as well. The curator, who has also been Zaheer Khan’s coach, then reported the matter to the Mumbai Cricket Association.

“Conflict of Interest issue will be discussed at Annual General Meeting on 9 November. We have already circulated to all associations a letter to come back with their suggestions. About two new teams you will know after AGM. We are still deciding on how many players from suspended teams can be retained by the new teams,” the secretary said.

If Ravi Shastri made his anger quite clearly known, Indian cricket team ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, too, was very critical of the wicket laid out at Wankehede for the series decider. He  however, was candid enough to admit that his bowlers did not have enough firepower to trouble the rampaging South Africans, who simply looted runs.

South Africa amassed 229 runs in the last 20 overs, and 134 in the last 10. “If you see the wicket, it was a true batting wicket. There was no turn on offer for the spinners,” Dhoni said in his post-match press conference.

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