Bangladesh–India spat at U-19 WC condemned by Indian legends


Former Indian greats Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin were left disappointed by the scenes at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday after Bangladesh and India U-19 players were involved in verbal exchanges following the Bangladesh U-19s' World Cup final three-wicket win in a rain-affected game, reports Reuters.

"I would like to see the board (BCCI) take some strict action against the players to set an example. Cricket is not about abusing the opponent. I am sure there is enough reason for these youngsters to be dealt with firmly by BCCI," Kapil was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

"I welcome aggression, nothing wrong in it. But it has to be controlled aggression. You can't cross the line of decency in the name of being competitive. I would  say it was unacceptable that youngsters put up such an obnoxious display on the cricket field," he added.

Bangladesh laid down the marker for aggression and India were in the back foot early on. Kapil welcomed aggression but did not want anyone crossing the line of decency. "I welcome aggression, nothing wrong in it. But it has to be controlled aggression. You can't cross the line of decency in the name of being competitive. I would say it was unacceptable that youngsters put up such an obnoxious display on the cricket field," he added. Azharuddin also reiterated what Kapil said, insisting that players need to be disciplined.

"I would take action against the errant Under-19 players, but I also want to know what role has the support staff played in educating these youngsters. Act now before it is too late.