Will take Govt’s advice: Gavaskar on attending Imran’s swearing-in

Gavaskar to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from SJAM
Gavaskar to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from SJAM

NEW DELHI: Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar today said he will take the Government’s advice before deciding to attend his great cricket rival Imran Khan’s swearing-in as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Gavaskar, along with former skipper Kapil Dev, have been invited to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Imran, who led Pakistan to its maiden World Cup title in 1992.

“I would like to take our Government’s OK, take their view, opinion whether I should travel there even if there is a day when I am able to go,” Gavaskar told ‘India Today’.

Gavaskar is not certain as to whether he will be able to attend the ceremony as he has his other commitments.

“I just got the invite yesterday, and the invite was from his (Imran’s) office, his party. An official invite in a way hasn’t been there. I would like to travel but whether I would be able to travel is a different matter.

“And I say this because I have got commitments to do commentary for the second Test starting at Lord’s. As of now from what I gathered the date of the swearing-in is not yet certain.

“If it is on the 15th (August) I clearly won’t be able to go because it’s my mother’s 93rd birthday, apart from it being India’s Independence day. And the same evening I am going to England to cover the remaining three Test matches.” (AGENCIES)