BCCI lashes out at Hayden, says his remarks uncalled for

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New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) The BCCI today lashed out at Matthew Hayden for his remarks in which he described India as a 'third world' country and the Board said the reaction was uncalled for from the Australian opener.

Hayden said India was a third-world country and blamed his team's sluggish over-rate in the lost Test series on the host batsmen's reluctance to ''face up'' quickly enough.

However, the BCCI Finance Committee Chairman Rajiv Shukla reacted angrily at Hayden and said the Australians are finding reasons to overshadow their 0-2 defeat.

''His comments were totally uncalled for. A player of his stature should not have made the comment,'' Shukla said.

''If slow-over rate is your habit, why blame India for that and call India a third world country? We are a prestigious nation and it was not a nice comment by him,'' Shukla added.

Hayden pointed out a few reasons which he believed were responsible for Australia's slow over-rates against India.

''They (Indian batsmen) are very difficult to get to face up,'' Hayden was quoted as saying by 'The Australian' today.

Hayden said the constant adjustments with the sightscreen also resulted in delaying the proceedings.

''Often we find ourselves with hands on hips waiting for someone to either face up or someone in the sightboard to move away; all the little frustrations that happen in Third World countries and the heat as well,'' he added.

On the penultimate day of the last Test at Nagpur, Australia was found nine overs or 40 minutes behind the over-rate because of which captain Ricky Ponting had to bring in his part bowlers at an important stage of the match.


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