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Gavaskar, Kapil part of PM Modi's delegation to Australia

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:04 [IST]
 
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Gavaskar, Kapil part of PM's delegation

New Delhi, Nov 12: Indian cricket legends Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar have been invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be part of the official delegation for the Australia tour in mid-November.

In what seems to be a smart cricket diplomacy, the former captains will accompany the PM-led delegation to three Australian cities - Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Kapil, who led India to their first World Cup in 1983, is delighted to a part of the delegation.

"It is always a great honour to represent the country - as a cricketer and as a former cricketer. I was part of (former Prime Minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee's trip to Pakistan for the Delhi-Lahore bus service and I know what it means to be part of such a privilege," Kapil told "NDTV".

"It is a wonderful opportunity. PM Modi has an open mind and is ready to listen. While I do not yet know what the plan is, I would love to talk cricket with him," Kapil added.

The PM will be in Australia for the G-20 summit and will also visit the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which will host the 2015 World Cup final. In a series of tweets, the PM also talked about common love between the two nations, which is cricket.

PTI

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