Indian Legend Sunil Gavaksar, after whom one-half of the series is named, feels that the onus is now on Cricket Australia (CA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to decide whether to call off the first Test or not after the untimely demise of Phillip Hughes days before the first Test.
Gavaskar feels that both the teams have been left devastated by this incident and would not be in the perfect frame of mind going into the first Test.
During an interview with NDTV, Gavaskar was quoted in saying:
“That’s a tough one. The first Test is almost a week away but I am sure nobody would be in a mood to play. Nobody would be in the right frame of mind.
“The New South Wales-South Australia match was called off immediately after Hughes was taken off the field. So, I guess it’s something the boards will have to look at (whether to abandon the match or not).”
Like others, Gavaskar also expressed sadness over the incident and said that it’s a huge shock to the cricketing world.
“The news is one of profound sadness because this is something that nobody wants to hear about any sportsperson, leave aside a cricketer and that to happened at a time when there are protective equipment available. It is a freak accident that happened and my condolences are with Hughes’ family and the Australian cricketing fraternity as well.”
Gavaskar also sympathized with Sean Abbott, whose bouncer proved to be lethal for Hughes.
“Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt on the field. He (Abott) must be devastated. It is tough for him. I believe Cricket Australia is doing the right thing by not just giving him counselling but the entire fielding team because they were very close to the action,” he said.