My advice is in best interest of players: Reeve on Raina’s remarks

Cricketer Suresh Raina's scathing comments against Maharashtra coach Dermot Reeve in which he accused him of adopting negative tactics during Maharashtra's Ranji Trophy opener against Uttar Pradesh have drawn an immediate response from the Englishman.

"I would like to thank Suresh Raina for his concerns on my role as Maharashtra coach. I am actually MCA cricket director and facilitator. I give players advice and they coach themselves. My advice is honest and in the best interest of players' development," Reeve said in a statement.

Raina had slammed Reeve for what he perceived as negative tactics in relation to Maharashtra's declaration after batting for two days and putting up a mammoth 764 runs on a pitch which offered no appreciable bounce, movement and turn. Raina had said that Reeve being a foreigner should offer positive advice to players.

"Batting for two-and-a-half days is not something that he should be teaching them. We can also bat the same way but that's not something we will do because we believe in improving our cricket," Raina had said.

In the statement Reeve also said, "I do not consider myself a foreigner. I expect players to treat me as an equal and not as an outsider. I work with my players on dealing with fear and relishing challenges."

Reeve backed captain Rohit Motwani's decision of declaring on the third day and said that it was the best course of action that could be taken on the lifeless pitch at Subroto Roy Sahara stadium .

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