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Chappell fumes at India's negative tactics, urges ICC to change law

New Delhi, Nov 9 (UNI) Coming down heavily on the negative tactics which were applied by the Indian team in the ongoing Nagpur Test, former Australia captain Ian Chappell termed it as poor cricket and urged the ICC to look into the matter to save the longer version of the game.

Chappell was also of the view that the game's governing body should change the existing law of cricket to prevent the teams from employing negative tactics.

''It is not the sort of cricket I like to see,'' Chappell was quoted as saying by 'Cricinfo' today.

''Administrators have got to think about suggesting that perhaps no more than two-thirds of the fielders can be on one side of the wicket.

''It really isn't a lot of fun watching the bowlers bowling well wide of the stumps and batsmen putting their bats on their shoulders,'' he added.

However, Chappell also stated that Indians were employing negative tactics just because they are on the verge of a series win and the hosts understood that just a draw was enough to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

''India dominated the day's play and it was really up to the Australians to get moving. India employed tactics that probably don't make for good viewing but I guess Dhoni will say 'at the end of the day, we're leading by 86 runs and I don't care what you think of my tactics','' he added.


Story first published: Sunday, November 9, 2008, 14:32 [IST]
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