Former Indian opener and a two-time World Cup winner- T20 and 50-over World Cup in 2007 and 2011 respectively-Gautam Gambhir has called for the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] to behave like a statesman and look at the bigger picture in the wake of the current crisis, adding that he would have a lot more respect for the richest board in the world if India does go on to play the Test series in Australia later this year.
The chances of India touring Australia for a four-match Test series received a major boost following BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal’s statement that, if required, the Indian team could spend two weeks in quarantine in Australia ahead of the Test series.
However, the two-week isolation wouldn’t be required if the T20 World Cup goes ahead as planned. Commenting on the same, Gambhir lauded the statement and reckoned that it is a very positive sign as far as the Test series is concerned.
Will respect the BCCI more if India tours Australia: Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir added that the series will come as a welcome change and will have a significant effect on the morale of both the countries.
“Good on BCCI, fabulous. Good on them. This is a very very positive sign, because I think they are looking at a far bigger picture, that it will change the mood of the entire country as well,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“It is not only about winning series in Australia, which is very very important. But it will change the mood of both the countries as well, not only India, but probably for Australia as well,” he added.
Calling for the BCCI to act as a statesman, the former opener said that will have a lot more respect for the apex body if India ends up touring Australia.
“And then you have got to be a statesman as well, when BCCI, they are probably the richest board and probably the most powerful board in the world, so they need to look at a bigger picture as well and that is what probably they have done. If India looks to tour Australia, I have got a lot of respect for the BCCI” Gautam Gambhir reckoned.
For the uninitiated, Cricket Australia is set to lose out on 300 million dollars if the Indian tour does not go ahead.