32nd Anniversary Special: 'Hurt' Syed Kirmani calls for 'World Cup Day' on June 25

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Bengaluru, June 25: 1983 World Cup winning wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani is "hurt" and feels "ignored" that India's momentous event is not being celebrated the way it should have been.

1983 WC scorecards

Exactly 32 years ago, on this day (June 25), India, led by Kapil Dev, defeated the mighty West Indies in the World Cup final by 43 runs at Lord's.

Syed Kirmani wants to see 'World Cup Day'

As that historic day is remembered by millions of fans today (Thursday), Kirmani wondered why it is not being celebrated in the country when every other happening has been marked on the calendars.

"Yes. Today is the anniversary. What a moment it was. Unfortunately it is not being celebrated the way it should be," Kirmani told OneIndia on Thursday in an exclusive chat at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

"It is the first World Cup which was brought to India after beating the entire cricketing world. It should have been the 'World Cup Day' (June 25) like any other day - Father's Day, Mother's Day and all the days that are happening 365 days a year," 65-year-old Kirmani, who scored 14 runs and took a catch in the World Cup final, opined.

Kirmani, who played 88 Tests and 49 ODIs, calls it "unfortunate" that such a big event in India's cricket history is being ignored.

"All the days are being registered in some form or the other. So why not 'World Cup Day' in India. It is rather unfortunate. This should have been an ideal platform for youngsters to get motivated, inspired. Get the current World Cup players (2011 side) and 1983 winners, have a big celebration. Let all those promising youngsters of all states be invited," Kirmani said.

When queried whether it is the fault of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he said it was not. "It is not the question of blaming anybody or the BCCI," he said.

However, the Bengaluru man felt he was ignored by the board. "I am hurt and feel ignored that I am not being involved by the BCCI in any form. I would like to contribute to cricket," he said.

Hope BCCI takes Kirmani's suggestion of celebrating "World Cup Day" in the future and uses his experience for young wicketkeepers.

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