Zeenews Sports Bureau
New Delhi: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has lashed out at the Indian cricket team’s decision to not field a single specialist spinner in its squad for the practice game against the visiting side beginning from October 30 in Mumbai.
The three-day practice match marks the beginning of a three-month long tour that will see England playing four Tests, five ODIs and tow T20I against India.
Following the announcement of the India A squad Vaughan tweeted: “India to play no spinners against England in the A team warm-up game … if that’s what the game has come to???? Pathetic tactics.”
Vaughan went on to say that the tactic is not in the spirit of the game and will set a new precedence for the future.
“I don’t think its (sic) in the Spirit of game. Prepare wickets which suit your team (spinning tracks) that should be enough… Poor form!!!”
“India’s tactics are terrible for the game… It’s taking home advantage to a new level… Other teams might follow,” he wrote on Twitter.
Former England cricketer David Llyod also criticised the decision joining his countryman to vent his ire on the micro blogging site.
“No spinner in India A team vs England....totally lacking in class and style decision,” he tweeted.
The squad, announced by the new selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil, features Irfan Pathan, Vinay Kumar, Parwinder Awana, Ashok Dinda – all medium pacers. This means that the duties of a spinner will be borne by the part-timers during the practice match.
First Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 09:43