Former India captain Kapil Dev on Thursday referred the weird incident which took place after the recent ICC U-19 World Cup final involving Indian and Bangladesh players as “horrible”, citing cricket is no more a “gentleman’s game”. He also urged the BCCI to take strong action against those cricketers to set an example.
“Who’s saying cricket is a gentleman’s game? It’s not the gentleman’s game, it was!” said Kapil, who also recalled the memories of the 1983 World Cup win which India won under his captaincy.
Two Indians — Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi — and three Bangladesh players — Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan — were found guilty as they breached the ICC Code of Conduct after a few players from both the sides were seen in altercation after Bangladesh beat India by three wickets to win their maiden U-19 World Cup title in a nail-biting encounter.
“What happened between those young people I think it was horrible. The cricket boards should take hard steps today so that tomorrow these type of mistakes do not happen,” Kapil Dev said at an event, referring to the ugly post-match incident in the U-19 World Cup final which took place last Sunday at Potchefstroom in South Africa.
“You lost the match, you have no right to go back to the ground and fight with anybody. Come back. You should give more blame to the captain, manager and the people who were sitting outside. Sometimes, if you are an 18-year-old boy, he doesn’t understand. But if you’re a manager, that’s your responsibility to take care of the situation,” he further added.
Some of the Bangaladeshi players further got carried away with their celebration after their historic maiden title win over India in the final. However, it was their captain Akbar Ali who laid the foundation and also apologised for the unfortunate incident whereas Indian U-19 captain Priyam Garg felt the incident should not have happened.