Indian news

No regrets over playing in ICL - Gavaskar

Cricinfo staff

September 1, 2009

Text size: A | A

Rohan Gavskar plays a lofted shot, India XI v World XI, Indian Cricket League, Hyderabad, April 9, 2008
'I decided to join ICL at that time because I wanted to play against quality international players. There were lots of good international cricketers who played in the ICL.' © ICL
Enlarge

Indian batsman Rohan Gavaskar has said he has no regrets over playing the ICL. Having returned to the official fold after accepting the BCCI's amnesty offer, Gavaskar, 33, is keen on making a comeback into the Bengal Ranji team he once captained.

"Not at all, I don't regret my decision," Gavaskar was quoted as saying in the Times of India. "I decided to join the ICL at that time because I wanted to play against quality international players. There were lots of good international cricketers who played in the ICL.

"There was almost the entire Pakistan team and also those like Shane Bond, Craig Macmillan, Brian Lara and Lance Klusener. When I joined the ICL, I knew the Indian team's doors were shut to me."

Gavaskar, who represented India in 11 ODIs and scored 151 runs at 18.87, joined the ICL in its inaugural year in 2007. After playing for the Royal Bengal Tigers in the two ICL seasons, he was among the 79 cricketers who parted ways with the rebel league earlier this year with the BCCI offering a pardon.

Gavaskar found a place among Bengal's Ranji Trophy probables recently and said he was also determined to do well with Tata Sports Club (TSC) in the ongoing BCCI Corporate Cup. "It certainly feels good to be back in the official fold," he said. "But I always found the 'rebel' tag a bit harsh as at the end of the day you were not doing anything but to play cricket.

"Now I have been included in Bengal's Ranji probables list and am pretty confident of making it to the final squad. And my record for Bengal is also impressive. This [the BCCI Corporate Trophy] is a very important tournament for me. It's my first official event after returning from the ICL, so I want to perform well here."

He has not emulated the feats of his father, Sunil, but said he wanted to make the most of whatever opportunity came his way. "Not just in cricket, in life you need luck," he said. "You think this could happen or that could happen but there is no point in looking back and wondering whether I was lucky or unlucky. It doesn't serve any purpose. The clever thing would be to concentrate on the future."

Gavaskar faces immediate disappointment, though, with the weather threatening TSC's opening fixture against All India Public Sector Sports Promotion Board in Dharamsala on Tuesday.

"If we can't play a single match [at Dharamasala], we will be missing out on valuable practice ahead of the Ranji season. But it's the start of the season and no player will want to risk an injury."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd Test: Australia v India at Melbourne - Dec 26-30
Australia 530 India 462/8
Group C: Assam v H. Pradesh at Guwahati - Dec 28-31
H. Pradesh 282/2
Group A: Bengal v Mumbai at Kolkata - Dec 28-31
Mumbai 306/4
Group B: Delhi v Gujarat at Delhi - Dec 28-31
Delhi 178/1
Group B: Haryana v Odisha at Rohtak - Dec 28-31
Haryana 127 Odisha 39/0
Group C: Jharkhand v Kerala at Dhanbad - Dec 28-31
Jharkhand 246/6
Group B: Rajasthan v Vidarbha at Jaipur - Dec 28-31
Vidarbha 236/6
Group B: Saurashtra v Punjab at Rajkot - Dec 28-31
Punjab 327/3
Group A: Tamil Nadu v Railways at Chennai - Dec 28-31
Tamil Nadu 144/4
Group A: U. Pradesh v J + K at Kanpur - Dec 28-31
U. Pradesh 113/0
Complete fixtures » | Download Fixtures »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days