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Sehwag disappointed with Guwahati crowd

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Jamshedpur, Apr 11 (UNI) Virender Sehwag today said he was disappointed with the crowd behaviour in Guwahati and hoped that the people will be more patient and disciplined in the future.

Talking to the media here today, he said, ''Even we were diapppointed that no play could take place in Guwahati. We wanted to get out into the field and win the match.'' ''But the ground was too slippery for us and we could not risk injury to the players. So both the captains decided against playing,'' he said.

''The crowd should have tried to understand our problems.

They should have been more restrained. The behaviour was not acceptable and we were very disappointed with what happened,'' he said.

The Nehru Stadium in Guwahati turned into a battle-ground after the game was called off with spectators pelting missiles on the ground and setting the stands on fire. Two policemen and a civilian were injured in the incident.

Asked whether the facilities could be improved at the small centres, Sehwag said, ''Things can't happen at one go. It takes time. The Board has made a lot of money and I am sure the state associations will get enough to improve the infrastructure and ground conditions. Better equipment will also be arranged.'' ''May be by next year things will change,'' he said.

Sehwag is, however, happy with the conditions and facilities here, ''There is no problem at all. The facilities and accommodation are excellent. We are happy,'' he said.

The only concern, according to him, was the makeshift stand made for the spectators.

Meanwhile, England batsman Kevin Pietersen had no such concerns and said though the luxuries and facilities available at home or at the bigger centres were not avvailable in the small venues, his team was not complaining, because ''as professionals we have to play anywhere''.

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