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Rajasthan Royals distances itself from Modi comments on Jaipur pitch

May 11, 2011 - Jaipur

Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals has distanced itself from comments made by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi regarding the Sawai Mansingh stadium pitch.

In a statement, Rajasthan Royals said: "Rajasthan Royals wish to clarify position relating to recent comments attributed to Jaipur pitch. The Royals have confidence in the curator of Sawai Mansingh stadium, and the IPL Grounds Committee to select and prepare high quality cricket pitches for T20 matches."

The statement added: "We note that other comments have been made by other parties, including Lalit Modi, in the media relating to the pitch. These are their own views and we would like to state that these are not those of Rajasthan Royals."

The IPL franchisee said: "Over the last four years we have nothing but praise for the ground staff who work tirelessly to provide the best possible pitches. We have enjoyed considerable success playing on our home ground and have developed a game plan to best suit the prevailing conditions. Whilst all pitches might vary and some suit our style better than others, RR are happy with the quality of the conditions we play under in Jaipur and at all other grounds we have visited in the IPL."

"At no time have we attributed our results to the conditions of the pitch at any ground. On Monday, our captain and players have consistently stated that we were outplayed by a very strong CSK side and credit must go to them for their performance," the Rajasthan Royals statement said.

The controversy was kicked up following an unofficial complaint lodged by Mumbai Indians after they were restricted to 94 for eight on a slow track by Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match on April 29.

The matter prompted the chairman of BCCI's Pitches and Grounds Committee, Venkat Sundaram, to go to Jaipur and allegedly order new strips for the remaining two matches-on May 9 and May 11.

A livid Royals captain Shane Warne slammed the decision as "ridiculous" but also admitted that pitch couldn't have been an excuse for defeat.

The BCCI then tried to douse the fire on Tuesday with IPL chairman Chirayu Amin issuing a release to state that it was the curator, in consultation with the BCCI's Ground and Pitches Committee, who decides the playing surface and there was nothing sinister about the change of pitch inn Jaipur.


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