Ashes: Gavaskar says war of words need to be checked by strict rules

Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar says that needless banter on and off the field takes the focus away from the game and that officials should take stricter actions against those found guilty of verbal abuse.

updated: November 29, 2013 22:30 IST
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Sunil Gavaskar feels that only stricter rules can prevent players from intimidating each other verbally. Speaking to NDTV, the former India captain felt that the recent incidents in the first Ashes Test between Australia and England do not reflect the true spirit of the game.

"Fines and bans need to be enforced on players crossing the line on the field," he said. Gavaskar also pointed out that 'it's all part of the game' cliche did not apply when it came to verbal abuse. "I don't buy the argument that verbal duels are a part of playing cricket. At least it did not play any part of the cricket that I played," said the veteran of 125 Tests.

The Ashes series has plunged into controversy with the Australian and English players having a go at each other during and after the Brisbane match last week. England coach Andy Flower eventually offered a truce which was not agreed upon by the Aussies.

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