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'If runners are banned, why allow bowlers to drink water'

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the International Cricket Council's decision to abolish runners for injured batsmen in one-day cricket, saying even bowlers should not be allowed to have water as rules should be the same for everyone.

cricket Updated: Jun 29, 2011 01:14 IST

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to abolish runners for injured batsmen in one-day cricket, saying even bowlers should not be allowed to have water as rules should be the same for everyone.

The ICC's executive committee has decided to do away with runners for injured batsmen in ODIs and Gavaskar said if that's the case, it should be stringent for the fielding side as well.

"I would also like to suggest that there should be no water for bowlers at the boundary end," a miffed Gavaskar told a TV channel.

Gavaskar said if the ICC feels having runners for injured batsmen is not fair then it should also consider doing away with the drinks breaks and the concept of substitute fielders.

"There should be no drinks breaks and if you are going to make a situation like this then there should not be any substitute fielders either," he said.

"If a fielder gets injured or has cramps, he should either go off the field or stay there. That way, it balances out everything," he said.