Sunil Gavaskar quits ICC post

Dubai, May 8:

Sunil Gavaskar announced he was standing down as chairman of the ICC Cricket committee. ICC’s acting Chief Executive Officer David Richards said: “We are indebted to the work Sunil has put into his role as Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. He has brought his vast experience of the game to bear, not only over the eight years of his chairmanship but also the six years prior to that, when he was a delegate on the same committee.”

“Having someone of Sunil’s stature involved has to be of benefit to the game and given the ICC’s lengthy relationship with him we hope we can still utilise his knowledge in some other capacity in the future.” Gavaskar, in an ICC statement, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the eight years I have held the role which is an honorary position, and it has been extremely fulfilling to be able to give back to the game through that role. However, with more and more cricket being played it has become clear that it is not possible for me to do justice to two jobs, the chairmanship of the ICC Cricket Committee and my media commitments.”

“As an example of that, I had to leave my professional commitments as a commentator on the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in order to come and chair this year’s meeting in Dubai. I envisaged the potential for this sort of issue two years ago and intimated then that I was not able to continue in the role but when I was asked to do so I was honoured to be re-elected.”