England tour of India - Cricket: Gavaskar blames Eng for making game boring

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 2:15 [IST]
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New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has blamed England for making cricket boring and driving away spectators from the grounds."If anybody has made the game boring over the years, it is solely England with it's misplaced theories and notions about the game," Gavaskar wrote in a column published in a leading daily on Monday.The legendary opener felt England was too negative on the last day of the second Test against India at Ahemdabad while defending a target of 374, often resorting to a leg stump line or placing eight fielders on the off side."If India had tried similar tactics, there would have been a big hue and cry as to how cricket was being murdered and driving spectators away," Gavaskar wrote."No wonder, they (England) hardly ever attract crowds and have to take their own to fill up stadiums overseas."Gavaskar also wondered why England had come with as many as 10 officials if the team was not trying to win."It is just an employment scheme masquerading as a tactical team. No wonder the flair players like Ian Botham, David Gower to name two, have no place in England's cricketing thinking."

Copyright AFP 2001

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