Kirsten finds nothing wrong in taking home advantage

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Mumbai, Apr 16 (UNI) The Kanpur pitch might have raised the eyebrows of many for being too favourable for spin-reliant India against South Africa, but coach Gary Kirsten today said there was nothing wrong in taking the home advantage as long as the tracks are not dangerous for the visiting sides.

Kirsten, who received a cash prize of USD 75,000 and a shield from ICC CEO Malcolm Speed on behalf of captain Anil Kumble for the Indian team finishing second on the ICC Test rankings behind Australia, said different countries offer different conditions and no one should complain.

''As far as I am concerned, India won the Test match at Kanpur. I have no issues on the pitch. I leave it to the BCCI. There are different (pitch) conditions in different countries. Succeeding away from home is a big challenge,'' the former South African Test opener said.

''I am very pleased that groundsmen and curators around the world are not overdoing it. In all these years only one pitch was considered dangerous, the pitch at Jamaica's Sabina Park in Kingston in the 1998 series between West Indies and England,'' he said.

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