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India will do better than you tell us, scathing Sunil Gavaskar tells England and Australia

Sunil Gavaskar didn’t hold back his words in his latest column, lashing out at the Australian and English cricket community for making negative statements about the IPL. He went on to recount their treatment of India in the past and highlighted how the tables have turned in favor of his country.

Sunil Gavaskar has always been known as a straightforward character in the cricketing fraternity who is not afraid to speak his mind. Perhaps India’s best ambassador for cricket throughout history, the legendary batsman hit back at those who tried to smear the Indian Premier League instead of the soon-to-be-expected Future Tours program for 2023-27.

The document would have given India an annual two-month window to host the franchise tournament, leading several members of the Australian and English cricketing communities to express their dismay. However, the 73-year-old pointed out the hypocrisy by pointing out the windows the two nations already have for their respective domestic tournaments.

“…Of course look out for your cricketing interests, but please don’t interfere in ours and tell us what to do. We will look out for our interests and do it better than you tell us. to do,” he wrote. in his column for Sportstar.

“It has been amusing to read that the Indian Premier League is once again seen as a disruptor to the cricket schedule of other international teams. As the news about the South African T20 league and UAE T20 league came out, the” old powers “started squirming and asking their apologists to try the IPL.”

“The England & Wales Cricket Board have created a window for their flagship event The Hundred when the England team are not playing any international matches. The Australians have also scheduled their Big Bash when their contracted players are available to play. But it worries them that the UAE and South Africa T20 leagues are scheduled around the same time and there is the danger that some of their players will choose to play there instead of the Big Bash,” added Gavaskar.

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In recent years, the trio of India, Australia and England have become cricket’s ‘Big 3’, wielding financial and political influence over cricket’s governing body. Although this has not always been the case throughout history, as Gavaskar explained, India only began to attract attention at the end of the 20th century, when it there was a change in the way cricket was administered.

“Remember the days when India as a team was unattractive when it came to gate money? Indian teams had a gap of years between tours to the coasts of ancient powers”. The first Indian team visited Australia in 1947/8. Guess when was the next time the Indian team visited? It was in 1967/8. Yes sir, 20 good years separate the two tours.The next was in 1977/8.England too saw the Indian team descend after long breaks – 1936, then 1946. The Second World War from 1939 to 1945 could have played a role in Indian returned to England in 1952, 1959 and 1967.

“It was only after the other cricket boards finally realized that being invited to the MCC chairman’s box was not helping them promote their cricket and new board members, who had no complexes about inferiority, happened that India started having regular four-hour tours. Now these same old powers want India to come to their shores every year because they have understood that the Indian team brings in more than moolah than even when playing against each other,” the veteran of the game pointed out.

The IPL remains cricket’s most cash-rich franchise tournament and it remains to be seen how the proposed schedule for the next four years will help it grow even further.

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