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BCCI prez denies saying we will beat Aussies at home

Chennai: As India's disastrous performance in Test series against Australia has drawn flak from all quarters, BCCI president N Srinivasan reportedly came out with a bizarre defence of the team saying all top teams would lose when they play on Indian soil.

"England won 5-0 in England. They came here here within a month or two and they lost 5-0. Last time, after our loss to England, I had said that we will beat them when they visit India," Srinivasan said, trying to defend the team's dismal overseas performance in the past one year which has seen Dhoni and Co lose seven consecutive Tests.

However, the BCCI president later sent out a press release saying: "I would like to make it clear that I have not made these statements to any mediaperson or media organisation. The claims that I have done so are baseless and totally false."

N Srinivasan has come up with a strange excuse. Reuters

N Srinivasan has come up with a strange excuse. Reuters

Srinivasan had reportedly reasoned that Australia did well as they used home conditions to good effect.

"It is a case of Australians played better in their home conditions," he told PTI.

The BCCI president who is also the owner of IPL team Chennai Super Kings feels that once India plays and beats teams like New Zealand, England and Australia in coming months, everyone will "feel very happy."

"Next New Zealand is coming to India and it will be followed by England and Australia. We will beat these three teams on our own soil. They cannot beat us here and we will feel very happy."

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Jan 16, 2012 11:59 AM | Updated Date: Jan 16, 2012 14:48 PM