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‘Cricket no more a gentleman’s game’ – Kapil Dev rues the on-field spat in U19 World Cup final

One other former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin additionally slammed the incident and put the blame on the assist workers for not doing their bit to rein within the junior gamers.

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. (Photograph by Scott Barbour/Getty Photos)

In 1983, he had given India their first World Cup in historical past. As underdogs, Kapil’s Devils had humbled the mighty West Indies by 43 runs on the iconic Lord’s to additionally reward Asia their first-ever world crown. The 61-year-old legendary all-rounder, whose captaincy had modified the course of cricket within the nation, was left pained to see the ultimate of one other World Cup, albeit within the juniors’ part, resulting in a fracas between the gamers of the 2 finalists tainting the ‘Gentleman’s Recreation’.

The cricketers of India U19 and Bangladesh U19 groups engaged in an unsightly quarrel on the turf in Potchefstroom in South Africa after the Tiger colts gained their first-ever world championship beating four-time champions India by three wickets in an exhilarating ultimate. The scenes of the gamers lashing out at one another as an alternative of leaving a goodwill gesture left the cricketing world shocked.

On Thursday, Kapil described the scenes that unfolded in South Africa final Sunday as “horrible” and rued that the sport no extra belonged to the gents. He additionally urged the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take a powerful motion towards those that had been discovered at fault. “Who’s saying cricket is a gentleman’s sport? It’s not the gentleman’s sport, it was!” NDTV Sports activities cited businesses quoting Kapil, who additionally relieved recollections of his crew’s World Cup win three a long time in the past, as saying at an occasion.

Two Indian gamers — Akash Singh and star spinner Ravi Bishnoi — and three Bangladeshi ones — Mohammad Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan — had been discovered responsible of breaching the Worldwide Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct after they practically got here to blows following a extremely aggressive sport.

India had been bowled out for 177 from an advantageous place after which Bishnoi’s four-wicket burst introduced India dramatically again into the sport earlier than Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali pulled it by means of with a cool head.

Take steps to avoid wasting tomorrow, says Kapil Dev

“What occurred between these younger folks I believe it was horrible. The cricket boards ought to take exhausting steps immediately in order that tomorrow these kind of errors don’t occur,” Kapil stated.

“You misplaced the match, you don’t have any proper to return to the bottom and combat with anyone. Come again. It’s best to give extra blame to the captain, supervisor and the individuals who had been sitting outdoors. Typically, if you’re an 18-year-old boy, he doesn’t perceive. However in the event you’re a supervisor, that’s your accountability to handle the scenario,” he stated.

Ali apologised for the “unlucky incident” later whereas Indian captain Priyam Garg felt the episode might have been averted. One other former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin additionally slammed the incident and put the blame on the assist workers for not doing their bit to rein within the junior gamers.

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