MUMBAI: Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that he will not attend Pakistan’s World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony as the PM on August 18. Imran has also invited former India cricketers
Kapil Dev and Navjot singh sidhu singh for the function. Both, it’s learnt, have accepted Imran’s invitation and are awaiting government’s clearance to go for the event.
Imran and Gavaskar faced each other on the
cricket groundseverall times during the 1970s and 80s as the captains of their respective teams, and have been good friends over the years. Speaking to ‘India Today’, Gavaskar confirmed that he had spoken to Khan, who had invited him for his oath-taking. “Yes, I did speak to Imran. He was enquiring if I’d be able to make it. I told him that because of my commentary commitments, I will not be able to do so. But my best wishes are with him,” he said.
Apparently, Gavaskar has a contractual commitment with Sony Pictures Network India, which is telecasting the ongoing India-England series. After the Lord’s Test, he will be in England for the last three Tests to be played at Trent Bridge, The Ageas Bowl and The Oval. “I’ve known him for plenty of years. It’s a huge moment for the cricketing fraternity that one of them has gone on to become the PM of a country, so I wish him very well,” Gavaskar said.