Indians unhappy with Edgbaston practice facility

Thursday was India’s first training day in Birmingham and it was allocated the practice arena adjacent to main stadium. However both Kohli and Kumble felt the arena was small.

India captain Virat Kohli in the nets during a practice session in Birmingham.   -  AP

The Indian cricket team was unhappy with practice facilities at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground with both coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli expressing their displeasure with the local authorities.

Thursday was India’s first training day in Birmingham and it was allocated the practice arena adjacent to main stadium.

However both Kohli and Kumble felt the arena was small.

It was learnt that the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya, all of whom have a 30-yard run-up, couldn’t bowl at full tilt at the nets as the distance wasn’t enough.

This irked the captain and the coach as they sent feelers through manager Kapil Malhotra to sort the issue out with Warwickshire (local county) authorities.

Apparently, the Indian team wanted to practice at the main arena but was denied a chance as Australia and New Zealand, who have a match tomorrow, were given access to the main ground.

India will only get a feel of the main turf on Saturday, prior to the marquee clash.

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