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Since 1st March, 1999
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No venue on any ICC ‘hit list’

Calcutta: The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive, James Sutherland, must be told to get facts right.

Earlier this week, an out-of-turn-speaking Sutherland talked about “two grounds in India” featuring on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) “troublesome” list.

Well, no such compilation exists.

“Look, it’s quite a simple matter: No grounds are on any hit list — simply because one doesn’t exist. ” explained ICC spokesman Mark Harrison, when contacted by The Telegraph.

Speaking Friday evening, from London, Harrison added: “Instead, the ICC has a database of grounds worldwide and, with each match, that dossier keeps getting updated. In any case, the compilation is general.

“However, as comments by Match Referees are taken into account, any critical reference will naturally figure in the database, which is accessible to the ICC affiliates. Of course, even that has nothing to do with the existence of a list of good/bad grounds…”

The ICC spokesman’s clarification should put the Rajkot-based Saurashtra Cricket Association officials at ease. Even the Bihar Cricket Association (Jamshedpur) and Vidarbha Cricket Association (Nagpur) mandarins.

After all, going by what happened in the recent ODIs against the West Indies, they must have been losing sleep after Sutherland’s remarks.

It’s another matter that Jamshedpur, Nagpur and Rajkot do need to take many remedial measures. Perhaps, they need to learn from India’s newest one-day centre — Vijayawada.

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