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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Why Gavaskar won't present trophy


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Sunil Gavaskar will likely miss out on presenting India with the perpetual Test series trophy named in his and Allan Border's honour, with the Indian legend back at home and not in Sydney.

India will collect the Border-Gavaskar trophy after the final Test in Sydney this week regardless of the result, having already guaranteed a drawn series at least which will retain the mantle after going 2-1 up in Melbourne.

Gavaskar has traditionally been on hand at the end of the Test series between the nations while in commentary, but this time remains in Mumbai on television duties with Indian broadcaster Sony.

There were reports from India that Gavaskar had not been invited by Cricket Australia for the Test, but it's understood there was a formal approach from the hosts before a miscommunication between the parties.

Cricket Australia has undergone a number of administrational changes since, with chief executive James Sutherland one of a number of staff to depart since the formal invitation was offered.

India have lifted the trophy in Australia just once previously since its introduction in 1996 - with the 2003-04 drawn series going to the visitors as they were the previous holders of the bilateral competition.

A win or draw in Sydney will also make Virat Kohli's men the first team from Asia to win a series in Australia, dating back to India's first visit in 1947-48.

Border will be on hand to present the trophy as he continues his duties with Fox Sports in Australia.

Sunil Gavaskar will likely miss out on presenting India with the perpetual Test series trophy named in his and Allan Border's honour, with the Indian legend back at home and not in Sydney.

India will collect the Border-Gavaskar trophy after the final Test in Sydney this week regardless of the result, having already guaranteed a drawn series at least which will retain the mantle after going 2-1 up in Melbourne.

Gavaskar has traditionally been on hand at the end of the Test series between the nations while in commentary, but this time remains in Mumbai on television duties with Indian broadcaster Sony.

There were reports from India that Gavaskar had not been invited by Cricket Australia for the Test, but it's understood there was a formal approach from the hosts before a miscommunication between the parties.

Cricket Australia has undergone a number of administrational changes since, with chief executive James Sutherland one of a number of staff to depart since the formal invitation was offered.

India have lifted the trophy in Australia just once previously since its introduction in 1996 - with the 2003-04 drawn series going to the visitors as they were the previous holders of the bilateral competition.

A win or draw in Sydney will also make Virat Kohli's men the first team from Asia to win a series in Australia, dating back to India's first visit in 1947-48.

Border will be on hand to present the trophy as he continues his duties with Fox Sports in Australia.

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