Captain Andrew Dunbar, who headed the security operations at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderhill during the T20I series between India and West Indies has issued an apology for the unfortunate incident that involved India’s legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar.
The former Indian skipper was denied entry into the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium by security officials who did not recognise the legendary cricketer. Gavaskar was one of the commentators with the official broadcasters. However, things did not go out of hands and the matter was treated very calmly by Gavaskar.
“The delay was not intentional, it was a matter of verifying the credentials to enter the gate, Mr. Gavasakar was stopped by the (inner) security firm operating the gates, ” Captain Andrew Dunbar said.
“On behalf of everyone involved, I do apologise for Mr. Gavasakar getting delayed at the gate.”
The Jamaica-born Captain Dunbar has seen several matches at the Sabina Park. However, has not watched him play.
“I did not have the privilege to see Mr. Gavasakar play,” he further added.
The historic match was attended by a huge number of fans, but Dunbar said that controlling them was not tough.
“It (controlling them) was not difficult at all. The Indian fans were great and easy to interact with. Both teams impressed me. As a cricket fan, I was impressed by the support of India fans, even though it was very short notice to the play in Broward County,” he concluded.
This is not the first time that Gavaskar has been denied a quick entry at any cricket stadium. The 67-year old surrendered his Life Membership when the stewards didn’t allow him through Grace Gates at Lord’s in 1990. But he later agreed to take up the membership again at the insistence from the late president Michael Colin Cowdrey .