New Delhi, June 28: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has blasted the ICC's over its decision to do away with runners for injured batsmen in one-day cricket. He hit out at the board posing the counter-question why bowlers should be allowed to have water in between overs.
The ICC's Executive Committee has decided to abolish runners for injured batsmen in ODIs and Gavaskar said if that is the case, restrictions must be imposed on the fileding side as well.
"I would also like to suggest that there should be no water for bowlers at the boundary end. They bowl one over and come to the boundary where energy drinks are waiting for them," a miffed Gavaskar told a news channel.
Gavaskar said if the ICC feels having runners for injured batsmen is unfair, then it should also consider doing away with the drinks breaks and the option of substitute fielders as well.
"There should be no drinks breaks that are usually scheduled after one hour or so. If you are going to make a situation like this then there should not be any substitute fielders either," he said.
"There should not be a substitute fielder when a regular player goes off the field. If a fielder gets injured or has cramps, he should either go off the field or stay there. That ways it balances out everything and the batting side is not the only one affected," he said.