Stuart Broad denies Gavaskar’s claims

London: England all-rounder Stuart Broad has denied Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar’s claim that he gets a preferential treatment since his father is an ICC match referee.

Gavaskar had recently written in a newspaper column that Stuart always gets away despite his bad behaviour since umpires do not want to spoil relations with his father Chris Broad.

However, Broad junior says that’s not the case. “I get treated like everyone else,” Stuart said. Broad had argued with umpires in the drawn first Test against hosts South Africa when he was declared out on a late review decision but was not questioned for his conduct.

Stuart, however, denies crossing the line while discussing it with on-field officials.

“I think a lot was made of the incident at Centurion. We were told that just a few seconds would be allowed for referrals and I thought 45 or 35 was quite a long time. But it was a very relaxed conversation with me just asking whether they were sure they didn’t get a signal [from the dressing room].

“There were no raised voices or swearwords or anything like that but I probably should have waited for the tea interval to have that little chat rather than out on the field where everyone could see it,” he was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

Gavaskar though felt otherwise. “He knows he can get away with it and indeed he has. Stuart didn’t think he had done anything wrong in questioning the umpires’ decision to refer the appeal to the third umpire. And therein he has confirmed again that he thinks he is a special case and not on par with the rest,” Gavaskar had written in his piece.

Stuart though admits that he needs to improve on his behaviour otherwise he could land in soup in near future.

“I am sure that when the time comes – as I’m sure it will unless I get unbelievably better – that I get in a little bit of trouble. But I am sure I will get treated in the same way as everybody else in the rest of the world.

“They [the match referees] are all grown men. I think if I have done something wrong, they will let me know about it. My youthful exuberance sometimes gets the better of me, but hopefully not to the extent of hitting my stumps down or anything like that,” he said.

In the Bicentennial Test in Sydney in 1988, his father had used his bat to knock over the wickets.

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