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England tour of India - Cricket: Graveney to complain to ICC about Gavaskar

Published: Friday, December 28, 2001, 23:17 [IST]
 
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London: Stung by the remarks of legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, David Graveney, as chief executive of Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), will write to the International Cricket Council pointing out that Gavaskar's criticisms conflict with his standing in the ICC."This was a remarkable outburst from someone who has an important role to play in the ICC. I shall be writing to Malcolm Speed, ICC Chief Executive, registering our observations," Graveney, also chairman of selectors, saidon Thursday.Gavaskar, former Indian captain-turned-media pundit and chairman of the cricket playing committee of the ICC, had little positive to say about England after its three-Test series against India.Delivering a parting broadside to England in his column in an Indian newspaper on Thursday, Gavaskar wrote, "At the end of the third Test, the overwhelming feeling was one of relief."Thank God it was a three-Test series and not a five-Test one for Indian cricket would have lost a great number of spectators seeing the fare dished out."Why is our Cricket Board keen on having a five-Test series when England visit India next is beyond comprehension, for without the slightest doubt they are the most unattractive and boring side to have played cricket in India."Gavaskar did not stop at that. "Have a look at all previous series when England played here. Except for 1993 contest that India won 3-0, the others have been battles of attrition full of dull cricket from both sides - mainly initiated by England - and have been good only for people suffering from insomnia," he wrote. PTI

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England has made game boring: Gavaskar
England's tour of India

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