“We dominated for all four days,” Raina said after the match. “Had we got to play yesterday, it would’ve been six points for sure.”
“I’m happy with the way we played and took the first innings lead. Especially, after yesterday, when it rained, and we had only half an hour (of play possible). This (three points) is very important for us. We feel, had we played yesterday, things could’ve been different,” he said.
“Whatever happened, for the lack of facilities or the lack of initiative by the UPCA CEO, he (Deepak Sharma) has to take the initiative and give us a proper channel. You can’t just say something and expect something. They have to be very professional from their side as well. We’re here to play Duleep Trophy, and Duleep Trophy has been a very important tournament for so many years. It’s important to take this seriously. We didn’t have a proper game, that was the sad part,” he added.
Raina further praised the umpires and the groundsmen for working relentlessly but launched a scathing attack towards the CEO once again.
“We could have won outright,” Raina added. “We could have sat nicely with six points. We bowled really well; we got five wickets (in the second innings). (Yesterday) They said there was an issue with the cover and didn’t take the responsibility. That guy (Deepak) came late. Till then, I spoke to few of the groundsmen; they worked really hard. Credit goes to the umpires for trying to make some game possible. It’s something that he (Deepak) has to take seriously. Otherwise, there’s no point hosting.”
Raina also said that the Test status of Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium can be in danger it the association makes these mistakes.
“We held games in Noida. There was a game in Lucknow as well. Kanpur is the oldest Test ground (in Uttar Pradesh). You can’t make such mistakes and lose the charm of Test cricket here. So many UP guys have played on this ground. I have got so much from here. But if you make such mistakes, it could all be gone.”