Lorgat slams Gavaskar while defending ICC's verdict

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Fri, Jun 08, 2012 08:57 hrs

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has criticized former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar for his negative comments against the ICC's decision to retain the Duckworth-Lewis method for settling interrupted matches

Reacting to Gavaskar's comments, Lorgat said: "It is not a healthy situation ... when the former chairman has such a critical view of how it was handled."

"With respect to Sunil Gavaskar, I was present at the meeting (of the Cricket Committee), the president of the ICC was present and the process was proper, fair and transparent," he added

"Let's not forget Duckworth-Lewis is a tried and tested method and to radically change something, you need something that is radically different and makes substantial sense," he said.

Lorgat said that ICC would not be adopting a substitute system designed by an Indian statistician V. Jayadevan, Sports24 reports.

Jayadevan, who devised the VJD method, has written ICC president Sharad Pawar to criticize last week's decision, and Gavaskar, a former ICC Cricket Committee chairman, also said that the VJD should have been given a year's trial.

But Lorgat said Gavaskar shouldn't have criticized ICC's handling of the issue.

The Twenty20 World Cup, which starts on September 18 in Sri Lanka, is occurring at a time, which is traditionally marked by the start of heavy monsoons in Colombo.

In 31 years as a Test-playing country, Sri Lanka has only scheduled nine days of international cricket in October and six of those have been affected by rain.

But Lorgat said: "We have a serious level of concern over that but such is Mother Nature you can't control that. You can do your utmost to schedule wisely and the front end of the tournament is in September but there's one week in October we have got to get through.




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