Sunil Gavaskar not invited for Border-Gavaskar Trophy presentation

first_imgIt appears Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar will miss his date with history in handing over the Border-Gavaskar trophy to Indian captain Virat Kohli. Following India’s Melbourne Test win by 137 runs, it’s already certain that India would retain the trophy, it won at home, 2-1 in 2017. But this could get extra special if India go on to win the Sydney Test match and register their first ever series win on Australian soil.The decision to coin bilateral Test cricket between India and Australia as Border-Gavaskar trophy took shape in 1996 as a tribute to these two great batsmen (Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border) and their role in rewriting Test records. Border and Gavaskar were the first two to touch the 10000 run mark in Test history.But thanks to administrative negligence or indifference from Cricket Australia, Gavaskar will be missing during the trophy presentation. This despite a previous communication by Cricket Australia, seeking his presence.”I was sent a letter by Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive, James Sutherland in May asking about my availability to present the Border-Gavaskar trophy and I would have been happy to go. But he stepped down and there has been no further contact,” Gavaskar told India Today when we inquired about his plans.Cricket Australia has seen administrative upheaval after Sutherland had to go as a fall out of ball-tampering scandal. An internal cultural review held Cricket Australia equally responsible for allowing ‘win at all costs’ mentality to develop in Australian cricket.Gavaskar has been present at most Border-Gavaskar trophy presentations thanks to his broadcasting role. He is commentating on the ongoing series as well but from Mumbai studios.advertisement”I am happy that the Border-Gavaskar trophy is staying in India and very happy with the way team has played,” he said.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img

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