Sunil Gavaskar urged the ICC to ensure a level playing field for both the teams. cricket news

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that the advantage that teams have gained by batting second in the UAE is a topic on which the International Cricket Council (ICC) should proceed. The ‘Little Master’ said that the ICC should look into the matter, to ensure equal playing conditions for both the teams. Gavaskar’s remarks came after Australia’s defeat of New Zealand in the final of the T20 World Cup played in Dubai on Sunday. Mitchell Marsh and David Warner acted with the bat as Australia beat New Zealand by 8 wickets to win their maiden T20 World Cup title.

Chasing a target of 173 runs, the team led by Aaron Finch won the game with 7 balls to spare.

Gavaskar, however, congratulated Australia for their approach, highlighting that commentators were saying dew was not a factor in the final.

“If you were listening to the commentators, they said that was not a fair factor in the finals, but has been in previous games and that is probably something that needs attention.
“But you can also say that if group matches are played at the same time, why change for knockouts,” the 71-year-old said during a discussion on Sports Today.

For the record, 29 out of 45 games were won by the team batting second. In fact, several players and members of the coach staff have recounted the loss to the teams batting second in the tournament.

“But again, I think there is something for the ICC Cricket Committee to ensure that it is an equal playing field for both the teams,” Gavaskar said.

Marsh smashed an unbeaten 50-ball 77 while Warner, who was named ‘Player of the Tournament’, smashed a 38-ball 53 as Australia chased down the target with ease.

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Gavaskar also said that with the ease with which the Aussies were batting, they could have chased down 200-plus.

“I think Mitchell Marsh played an exceptional innings, and David Warner has done well in the last few games. New Zealand wanted to get Warner over Aaron Finch, but they didn’t get that and here we are. Won with six. (seven) balls to spare, and (Glenn) Maxwell and Marsh at the crease, those balls could have gone for 20.

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