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Gavaskar slams ICC ban on runners
Tuesday 28 June 2011

Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the International Cricket Council’s decision to abolish runners for injured batsmen. The ICC Executive committee decided to do away with runners in ODIs and that seems to have irked Gavaskar.

"I would also like to suggest that there should be no water for bowlers at the boundary end. They bowl one over and come to the boundary where energy drinks are waiting for them," an angry Gavaskar told a news channel.

Gavaskar thundered that if the ICC considered runners surplus to requirement then drinks break and substitute fielders should also be banned from the game.

"There should be no drinks breaks that are usually scheduled after one hour or so. If you are going to make a situation like this then there should not be any substitute fielders either," he said.

"There should not be a substitute fielder when a regular player goes off the field. If a fielder gets injured or has cramps, he should either go off the field or stay there. That ways it balances out everything and the batting side is not the only one affected," he concluded.

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