New Delhi: The decision to abolish runners from One Day International matches has not gone down too well with former captain Sunil Gavaskar who cited the necessity of the option in case of an injury to a batsman at the crease.
In a string of crucial decisions that the ICC took during their meeting in Hong Kong on Monday, major changes were made to the One Day International format.
Gavaskar found ICC's ruling unfair to the batsmen and ridiculed the decision; "I would also like to suggest that there should be no water for bowlers at the boundary end. They bowl one over and come to the boundary where energy drinks are waiting for them", said Gavaskar in an exclusive interview to NDTV.
Gavaskar also compared subsitute runners to substitute fielders and said that the ICC must be equally stringent to them, "There should not be a substitute fielder when a regular player goes off the field. If a fielder gets injured or has cramps, he should either go off the field or stay there. That ways it balances out everything and the batting side is not the only one affected".
The ICC annual meeting started on Sunday addressed key issues like the involvement of Associate nations in the 2015 World Cup. Restricting powerplay usage and stricter rules on obstructing the field while running between the wickets were the other issues addressed in the meeting.