India have decided not to include any specialist spinner to their A squad for the warm-up game against England.
New Delhi: India's decision not to include even a single spinner in their 'A' side, which will play the visiting England team in a three-day warm-up game, hasn't gone down well with Michael Vaughan. The former England captain tweeted his displeasure after BCCI announced the 14-man squad, calling the tactics "pathetic".
"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 tweeted, after BCCI named the squad to be led by Suresh Raina for the practice game to be played in Mumbai from October 30.
Vaughan went to the length of terming the decision as one against the spirit of the game. "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!!!" he tweeted, adding, "India's tactics are terrible for the game... It's taking home advantage to a new level... Other teams might follow."
Another former England player David Llyod, who is also very active on Twitter, backed Vaughan's criticism. "No spinner in India A team vs England....totally lacking in class and style decision," he tweeted.
The three-day game will kick off England's three-month long tour, which includes a four-Test series, five ODIs and two T20 internationals.