Pitch Doctors


This is a note meant for Malcolm Conn and Peter Lalor and “their types”…

Andy Moles, the New Zealand coach had this to say about the pitch for the 2nd Test between New Zealand and India in the ongoing series between the two countries. Moles said, “We need a typical New Zealand wicket where it nips for about a couple of days so it brings our seamers into the game against their batting attack which is used to the ball being true and turning a bit.”

If it were Australia touring India or England touring India and the India coach or captain had said, “We need a typical Indian wicket where it spins from the first ball so it brings our spinners into the game against their batting attack which is not used to the ball spinning around a bit,” we would have had Lalor and Conn and “their types” licking their pens with juvenile and puerile pleasure. They’d have had a story to write about in which they would pillory said coach and/or captain!

After all, did the the Lalors and Conns and “their types” not castigate and lampoon Ganguly for saying pretty much exactly what Moles did prior to a Test match in Nagpur a few years back?

Steve Waugh, in his biography, compared Ganguly’s alleged interference to “match fixing”!

So, do we now fix up Andy Moles for match fixing?

I’d like Steve Waugh to write about this too if possible please?

We haven’t heard a murmur yet on this Andy Moles pearl from the Team India camp. They just get on with the job and leave the whining to the Lalors and Conns and “their types”!

Mind you. I do not have any problems with the comments of Andy Moles, just as I’d hope the Conns and Lalors and “their types” would have no problems with the hypothetical Team India Coach or captian saying “When in Sydney, expect to see the Opera House. If you want to see the Taj Mahal, visit India instead!”!

— Mohan

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4 responses to “Pitch Doctors

  1. I don’t understand what the Kiwi coach is upto. It doesn’t seem like NZs were seeing the ball well in a seamer friendly conditions either. It was not the spinners who broke Kiwis back first up in the last test.

    Imagine a seamer friendly track for the second test, Dhoni winning the toss, and asking the Kiwis to take first strike.

  2. Everyone knows India is better, so nobody blames NZ for saying they should doctor the pitches to their advantage. I’m not sure how much of an advantage they would gain anyway. But if the teams were evenly matched, NZ would be cheaters. For example the India-South Africa series. One flat track, Sehwag 319 and draw, one greenish pitch, India bowled out almost for a record low and SA win, and finally one rank turner, India win. Everybody complained claiming that India would do anything to win but really it was a fair enough setup over the 3 games.
    In any case different types of pitches make cricket interesting. The last thing we need are more of these matches where each wicket is worth 60 runs.

  3. Ron

    The point of the article though is that when teams visit India, they ought to expect “dust bowls”. Everyone from Border to Ponting — with Buchanan thrown in for good measure — has whinged and moaned about pitches in India being “doctored” if it had a dusty look to it. Buchanan even moaned about the pitch when his team won in Bangalore in 2004!

    No! On the contrary, the pitches in India would have been “doctored” if they were seaming pitches! And that was Ganguly’s point in the Nagpur Test of the 2004 series!

    Waugh sat on a pedestal and called Ganguly a cheat for the latter demanding that the Taj Mahal stay in Agra! Would Waugh now call Moles a cheat for pleading that the Tasman Sea stays where it is?

  4. There does seem to be an element of double standards here, well brought out in your article. It now seems that teams will aim to get an advantage whichever way they can, and if this means influencing the state of the pitch, then thats fair game. I do also think that if the team is good enough, they should be able to handle any conditions, as ultimately the team with the better all-round skill should win.

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