Hyderabad sacrifice practice for big brothers

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Kolkata, Nov 2 (UNI) The Indian cricket stars had a strenuous net session at the Eden Gardens here this evening, while the Hyderabad Ranji team had to spend the day at the hotel as the CAB failed to prop up the Jadavpur University campus for their net sessions.

Hyderabad are supposed to lock horns with Bengal in their Ranji Trophy season opener at the Eden Gardens starting Sunday.

They arrived here this morning sans their skipper V V S Laxman and were scheduled for an evening practice session at the Jadavpur University ground. But when the team reached there, they found the ground totally out of shape.

Coach Viveek Jaishima speaking about his experience said, '' We wanted to go through our paces a bit, but when we reached there the ground was absolutely slushy. The covers were up and the nets were down. I was not ready to risk my players by training there. '' But the Hyderabad team was not going to lodge a complaint with either the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) or the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

''Can we really blame the association for all the rains pouring down for the past few days? Even back there in Hyderabad we lost a few days of practice because of the downpour,'' Jaishima sympathised.

The Hyderabad team was planing to have a two-hour net session at the Eden Gardens tomorrow afternoon. '' We want to get a feel of the actual ground. There's no point training in some other place. We are going to come to Eden tomorrow around 12 and then let's see if we get a practice pitch, '' a sign of resignation coming out of his voice.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad skipper V V S Laxman is expected to arrive today and might feel tempted to go and interact with his India teammates. Out of the Indian side for the one-day series against Pakistan, Laxman is expected to make a comeback for the Test matches.

The elegant Hyderabadi would no doubt want to get some runs under his belt before the crunch series.

''Laxman knows the importance of this game and I am sure he has something special stored for us. We were hit hard by the exodus to the Indian Cricket League (ICL) like Bengal. Apart from Laxman the only two seniors are Arjun Yadav and Daniel Manohar. But we have a whole bunch of young guys from our under-22 side. I think they will make full use of the opportunity that has been presented to them,'' Jaishima said.

UNI

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