Hants make best of of sub-continent switch

JIMMY ADAMS

JIMMY ADAMS

First published in Sport

HAMPSHIRE captain Jimmy Adams is ready for the next stage of preseason training after being refused permission to train in India.

Adams and his Hampshire teammates Chris Wood, Liam Dawson, Hamza Riazuddin and Sean Terry were preparing to fly to the Global Cricket Academy in Pune before the Board of Control for Cricket in India decided otherwise.

The Hampshire quintet were among several county players who had to make other arrangements when the BCCI prevented them from making the trip, following England’s first Test series win in India since 1985.

Aggrieved that the likes of Joe Root had learnt how to play in Indian conditions during similar trips, the BCCI denied nearly 30 county players the chance to use their facilities this year.

Most of them travelled to Sri Lanka instead, and were based for ten days at the Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Ground in Colombo.

Adams said: “The changing of venues was a bit of a nightmare, it was all a bit last minute and quite frustrating for us and for the organisers.

“Our flights were booked and the visas were being sorted out when we first had an inkling that something was wrong.

“The BCCI is a very strong and powerful body and flexed its muscles out of frustration.

It didn’t look like we were going to go anywhere and the set-up in Sri Lanka wasn’t nearly as well organised as Pune, where I’ve trained before.

“It would have been better for all of us if we had been based there, where the facilities are much better.

“The organisers are fairly hopeful they’ll sort it out for future years, they had a good system going.

“But despite being a bit chaotic, which you come to expect with the hustle and bustle of the sub-continent, we still had a worthwhile ten days in Sri Lanka.

“The wickets we played on weren’t ideal but we had to find a way to play on them and, hopefully, we all got something out of it.

“We made the best of it, working on our approach against spin, on sweeping against a couple of guys who bowled like Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis – only not as good!

“We also had the chance to catch up with [former Hampshire overseas player] Rangana Herath.”

Adams and the rest of the Hampshire squad travel to Barbados next week ahead of the first game of the season, against Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl on April 10.

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