Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar over the years has voiced his opinion on various matters regarding the game and has come up with another one. After the recent passing away of a few former cricketers, Gavaskar has urged cricketers to wear black armbands as a mark of respect for their passing soul. He further said that this also is a huge way of paying tribute to the cricketing fraternity as well, as all of them are a member of this big family.
The recent demise of former Afghanistan cricketer Najeeb Tarakai and former Australian cricketer turned commentator Dean Jones made Gavaskar very emotional. This is when he spoke about paying tribute to their soul and wearing the black armbands as a mark of respect.
While Tarakai died in a road accident, Jones died of a severe heart attack in a five-star hotel in Mumbai, just a few days after the start of IPL 2020. Gavaskar spoke about how players are not wearing the black armbands and ignoring it in the process.
Sunil Gavaskar Urges Cricketers to Wear Black Armbands
“Disappointingly but unsurprisingly, no player wore a black armband to show respect to the departed souls. It appears that black armbands will be worn only for some players but not every player. Whether you have played one game or hundreds of games for a country, the player belongs to the cricketing family and despite any differences perceived or imagined, his or her passing away should be mourned by the fraternity,” Sunil Gavaskar said as quoted by Mid-day.
He further spoke about former New Zealand cricketer John Reid, who passed away earlier this week.
“New Zealand’s former captain John Reid also left us earlier in the week. He was one of New Zealand’s greats in the 1950s and was also ICC match referee. A few days earlier, Najeeb Tarakai, who played a solitary one-day game and a few T20 internationals for Afghanistan, died after he was hit by a car while crossing the road” he further added.
Gavaskar is currently in the UAE and is a part of the commentary team for the ongoing season of IPL 2020.