Dinesh Karthik and Sunil Gavaskar, only Indians in field commentary panel for WTC final
Senior India Goalkeeper-beater Dinesh Karthik and former captain Sunil Gavaskar are believed to be the only two Indians who are included in the ICC field comment panel for the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand June 18 in Southampton.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, several commentators from India and New Zealand have denied traveling to England for commenting on the field of the WTC final. They cited the British government, which imposed a mandatory 10-day quarantine, for commenting on a solitary test match, as the reason.
Joining Dinesh Karthik and Sunil Gavaskar on the panel would be former New Zealand stimulator Simon Doull; two neutral England commentators Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain will also be seen on the panel.
Former Kiwi goalkeeper and well-known commentator Ian Smith, famous for his iconic deliverance in the 2019 World Cup final, is also expected to join – but not yet confirmed.
Dinesh Karthik to continue commenting on The Hundred; will miss the tour of Sri Lanka
Dinesh Karthik wowed everyone with his glimpses of the game, his analysis and his sometimes funny catch when he commented on the India-England white ball matches earlier in the year for Sky Sports.
It has also been reported that the former Calcutta knight horsemen The captain will comment for Sky Sports in the inaugural edition of The Hundred – the new cricket competition created by the ECB – which runs from July 22 to August 21. Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and David Lloyd will be on the panel among others.
This would mean that Dinesh Karthik, who last played for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals and has been dropped since, would miss the tour of Sri Lanka, which is scheduled for July 13-27.
The Sri Lankan series presented a great opportunity for the right-hander to claim a return to the squad, as Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul are reportedly touring England for the test matches.
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