Legendary Kapil Dev on Thursday termed the unsavoury incident involving budding Indian and Bangladeshi gamers after the current ICC U-19 World Cup as “horrible”, saying cricket is no extra a “gentleman’s game”.
The 1983 World Cup-winning India captain urged the BCCI to take sturdy motion towards erring cricketers to set an instance.
“Who’s saying cricket is a gentleman’s game? It’s not the gentleman’s game, it was!” mentioned Kapil, who additionally relived the reminiscences of the 1983 World Cup triumph which India gained underneath his management.
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Two Indians — Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi — and three Bangladeshi gamers — Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan — had been discovered responsible of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after a number of gamers from each the edges practically got here to blows after Bangladesh beat India by three wickets to win their maiden U-19 World Cup title.
“What happened between those young people I think it was horrible. The cricket boards should take hard steps today so that tomorrow these type of mistakes do not happen,” Kapil mentioned at an occasion, referring to the ugly put up-match scenes within the U-19 World Cup final held final Sunday at Potchefstroom in South Africa.
“You lost the match, you have no right to go back to the ground and fight with anybody. Come back. You should give more blame to the captain, manager and the people who were sitting outside. Sometimes, if you are an 18-year-old boy, he doesn’t understand. But if you’re a manager, that’s your responsibility to take care of the situation,” he added.
Some of the Bangaladeshi gamers bought carried away with their celebration after their historic win over India within the final.
While their captain Akbar Ali apologised for the “unfortunate incident”, his Indian counterpart Priyam Garg felt the episode shouldn’t have occurred.