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Sunil Gavaskar wants 'real story' behind Asia Cup venue fiasco

Gavaskar sympathises with administrators as often they get rough end of the stick from the fans, who are missing out on quality cricket due to inclement weather

PTI Colombo Published 09.09.23, 08:10 AM
Sunil Gavaskar.

Sunil Gavaskar. File photo

Sunil Gavaskar wants someone to find the “real story” behind Asia Cup Super 4s matches not being shifted out of Colombo to a much drier Hambantota and feels that at times, even players need to look at the “bigger picture”.

The Asia Cup, which is being hosted by PCB, is being held in a ‘hybrid model’ with India playing all their matches in Sri Lanka after refusing to travel to Pakistan.

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With heavy rains predicted in Colombo through the week, there were talks of shifting matches to Hambantota, but the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has stuck to its original itinerary.

“Well, somebody should find the real story. It appears from cricketing points that it was probably the players who didn’t want to go to Hambantota. So administrators had to... change it from Hambantota to Colombo despite knowing Colombo could have pretty dicey weather,” Gavaskar told ‘Sports Today’.

But the former India captain clarified that he was not referring to players from any particular country.

“When I meant players, I didn’t mean players of one team but players of all teams that were supposed to be there,” he said.

Gavaskar also sympathised with administrators as often they get the rough end of the stick from the fans, who are missing out on quality cricket due to inclement weather.

“It is easy to point fingers at administrators and they can be easily made scapegoats. It is really important to find out why, despite knowing that the weather forecast of Colombo won’t be good, matches were not held in Hambantota.”

Gavaskar is not averse to modern-day players having a say in the scheduling of matches, but he also wants them to be accommodating when there are some unforeseen circumstances, like poor weather in this case.

“... at times like these, we need to look at the larger picture... it is a chance to prepare for the World Cup. But by no means I am saying that Asia Cup is less important. We also need to win the tournament,” he said.

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