International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has paid tribute to both England and India after the conclusion of the first Test in Chennai, which India won by six wickets by chasing down 387, the highest fourth innings score to win on the subcontinent.
“I have been in touch with both the BCCI and ECB since the end of the match to thank them for what was a great advertisement for cricket,” Lorgat said.
|ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat ©|
“There was a lot of debate before this game as to whether it would even go ahead because of the terrible events in Mumbai recently. Last week, I was convinced that the right thing to do was for the match to take place and now I’m glad that we have witnessed a great game of cricket.
“Although India takes the plaudits for winning the match, thanks and congratulations are also due to Kevin Pietersen and his team who played so well while under enormous pressure from forces over which they could exert no control. I was very impressed with their attitude and today I can say I am especially proud to be involved in this great game.
“Sport has the ability to make a difference in our society and over the past few days these two cricket teams have fought back and demonstrated great unity in a world rocked by conflict and division.
“I have no doubt the England players will be very disappointed after this match but they have a huge amount of which to be proud. They clearly have plenty of character and courage so I hope they can pick themselves up and go to Mohali for the second Test with lots to play for.”
Lorgat was present for the opening two days of play in Chennai and ICC President David Morgan will attend the second Test in Mohali as the ICC attempts to show unity with its members.
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