CA thanks RCA for providing high standard facilities

New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) As the BCCI raised eyebrows over Rajasthan Cricket Association's hospitality to the Australians, CA today thanked RCA for the high standard of facilities offered to the visiting team.

''It is important for any touring cricket team to acclimatise to the conditions before a big series and we're grateful to the Rajasthan Cricket Association for the hospitality they've extended to Australia and the high quality of the facilities on offer at RCA's Academy in Jaipur,'' Cricket Australia's Acting CEO Michael Brown said in a statement.

''We look forward to extending the same courtesies to India when they next tour Australia as part of the successful and ongoing bilateral relationship between Cricket Australia and the BCCI,'' he added.

In recent years, the CA's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane has operated a reciprocal program with the BCCI and hosted a variety of Border-Gavaskar scholars from India including RP Singh, VRV Singh, Virat Kohli, Ravi Teja and Suresh Raina.

Yesterday, the Indian board had expressed dissatisfaction over the facilities provided by the Rajasthan Cricket Association to the Australian tean and stated that the RCA was trying to oblige the World Champions beyond their expectations.

Former India coach Greg Chappell, who is the chief coach at RCA Centre of Excellence and is presently touring with Australian team as the assistant coach, has used all his influences in RCA to provide the visiting Australian team the best facilities.

RCA chief curator Taposh Chatterjee admitted the Australians were being provided with specialised practice pitches, each of a different character.

The 15-member Australian team will practice in Jaipur till Sunday before they fly to Hyderabad for a four-day practice match against the BCCI President's XI that begins on October 2.


Story first published: Friday, September 26, 2008, 16:40 [IST]
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