Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar slams the move of England’s analyst using placards to give instructions
After the England cricket team’s analyst showed placards to sending out a message to his batsmen during the 2nd T20I match against South Africa last week, Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain was not impressed. To instruct Eoin Morgan on field placements, England's analyst Nathan Leamon, held up a few placards using a combination of numbers and letters.
Sunil Gavaskar slammed the move, saying there are better ways of interacting with players, although England clarified that they had got permission from the game officials.
Sunil Gavaskar mentioned on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports that ideally, he wouldn't want this thing to happen as a captain. And if he is the captain, he would say, look if you want to give a message about bowling changes or any field placing, just send the 12th man over with a bottle of water or whatever, a way you can conveying the message or the 12th man or the coach can sending out the message to the boundary fielder.
It wasn't the first time such a thing had happened. Nathan Leamon, who was involved with the Multan Sultans, used a similar technique during the Pakistan Super League earlier this year to send a message. Sunil Gavaskar doubted the legitimacy of the move like this, claiming that the ICC needs to be in the loop for such communication techniques.