Former Indian skipper and legend Sunil Gavaskar has expressed objection over the use of placards as signals during a match while pointing that “would there be a code there as well to help with the decision of taking the DRS?”.
The former India skipper’s comments come just days after England skipper Eoin Morgan received signals from the dressing room during the third T20I match against South Africa. Later, Morgan had defended the incident too.
The television coverage of the third T20I between England and South Africa showed England’s white-ball analyst, Nathan Leamon, giving signals to the team. While Morgan had said it wasn’t against the spirit of the game, the former Indian skipper clearly expressed his objection on the incident and said this should not be happening in cricket.
“I would like to know if the match referee had confirmed this with the ICC? Did they ask ICC? Has the cricket committee of the ICC sanctioned this, we don’t know this yet. This is happening for the first time. We were told that this type of strategy was also used during Pakistan Super League and maybe this was the same person who adapted this technique who was an analyst there.
“But I don’t believe this should be happening in cricket. The second thing that is worrisome is during the situation of a DRS, would there be a code there as well to help with the decision of taking the DRS?” Sunil Gavaskar asked while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Gavaskar further said,“Ideally, as a captain, I would not like this thing to happen. If I was the captain, I would say, look if you want to send a message about any field placing or a bowling change, then send the 12th man across with a bottle of water or anything….a way you can pass the message or the 12th man or the coach can pass the message to the boundary fielder,” he added.
Former cricketer VVS Laxman also echoed the sentiments and said a team does not require a captain if this forms a part of the rule.