Australia snub Sunil Gavaskar for Border-Gavaskar trophy presentation
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar won’t be seen in the presentation ceremony after the final Test between Australia and India despite the series being named ‘Border-Gavaskar trophy.’
Australia and India have been playing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy since 1996, but this time the trophy will be only presented by Allan Border as Gavaskar has informed that he didn’t receive any invitation from Cricket Australia (CA).
Gavaskar said that the only communication he had about the presentation was back in May and that too with James Sutherland, who has resigned following the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal.
Meanwhile, CA’s head of Communications Tim Whittaker revealed that two emails have been sent to Gavaskar. However, he denied to disclose details of the emails.
“We won’t be disclosing personal information to media outlets,” he said and added that if Gavaskar wants to contact him, then he “should he wish to have the correspondence forwarded,” he said.
Gavaskar told ABC radio expressing his disappointment –
“To be honest, I am disappointed. In today’s day and age, all it takes is an email, maybe a month earlier, to check I’m going to be in Australia. I would love to have my good mate Allan Border there as well,” Gavaskar had told ABC radio on the first day of that Sydney Test.”
He also announced that he won’t be going to the Sydney Test even if the Australian board send him an invitation at the 12th hour.
“I would have considered going if the invite had come before the series started as I would have been able to inform the broadcasters (Sony Pictures Network) of that so they could make alternate arrangements,” Gavaskar concluded.
This is the second time Gavaskar has faced this kind of issue. A similar incident happened in 2015 when he was not invited in the presentation ceremony despite being in the commentary panel for the series.