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Sunil Gavaskar hits out on 'pitch swapping' allegations by BCCI during WC, calls it 'pretty irrelevant'

Reports of 'pitch swapping' created controversy that claimed ICC head curator had accused the BCCI for changing the track against New Zealand in the semi-finals.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson reacts after being caught out by India's Suryakumar Yadav off the bowling of Mohammed Shami during India v New Zealand semi finals clash of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on 15 November. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (REUTERS)Premium
New Zealand's Kane Williamson reacts after being caught out by India's Suryakumar Yadav off the bowling of Mohammed Shami during India v New Zealand semi finals clash of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on 15 November. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (REUTERS)

Days after Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team was beaten by 6 wickets by Pat Cummins-led Australia in the ICC Men's World Cup 2023 Final in Ahmedabad, reports of 'pitch swapping' created controversy that claimed ICC head curator had accused the BCCI of changing the track against New Zealand in the semi-finals.

However, former India captain and legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar labeled the accusations as 'pretty irrelevant'.

"The accusation of BCCI interference in the selection of the pitches for India matches again was pretty irrelevant, as the ICC pitch consultant was around, and only after the ICC gave its approval was the match played on the pitch," NDTV Sports quoted Gavaskar writing in his column for Sportstar.

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In the semi-final clash with New Zealand at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, India won the match by 70 runs, where pacer Mohammed Shami bagged seven wickets on a pitch deemed helpful for spinners.

"Nothing in the playing conditions say that for the knockout games, a fresh pitch had to be used, so just because India's matches were played on previously used pitches didn't mean there was any hanky-panky. That was proven conclusively in the semifinals, where the allegation of a dry pitch to suit the Indian spinners was made, but more than 725 runs were scored, and a fast bowler took seven wickets for India," Gavaskar added.

Meanwhile, reports also arrived that pitch at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium for made suitable for bowlers, however, those reports were also shunned by BCCI and experts.

‘No shame’:

The legendary cricketer expressed sadness over the team's loss in the final. But, while speaking to Star Sports, he also took immense pride in the Men in Blue’s overall performance.

“This time a couple of things that could have gone their way, which didn't happen, so that's fine. That is how luck can go against you. But, like I said there's no shame in losing to a better team. A team that was better on the day, just like India was better on the day of the first match," Gavaskar added.

“There's no shame in losing to the five-time champions. They know how to win the finals. Very proud of all the effort that they've done, very proud of the joy that they have given millions who have been following them," said the legend who had been a part of India’s 1983 World Cup champion team.

 

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Published: 23 Nov 2023, 05:24 PM IST
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