R Ashwin compares CSK's return to Manchester United's Munich disaster, later says he was misquoted

Former Chennai Super Kings' off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin compared Manchester United's tragic plane crash in 1958 with CSK's suspension following spot-fixing and betting scandal.

FP Sports July 19, 2017 19:01:37 IST
R Ashwin compares CSK's return to Manchester United's Munich disaster, later says he was misquoted

The Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) lifted the two-year ban on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) following their involvement in the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. Ravichandran Ashwin, who bagged 120 wickets from 121 matches, spoke about a possible comeback to the Chennai side.

R Ashwin compares CSKs return to Manchester Uniteds Munich disaster later says he was misquoted

File image of Indian off spinner R Ashwin. AP

In an interview with the Times of India, Ashwin said: "I think the two-year hiatus for CSK probably increases its value much like what it did for Manchester United when the air crash happened (in 1958 when eight of their players died). I don't know if it's in the same league but surely people in Chennai and fans across the world are waiting for CSK to return. I hope it turns out to be a good comeback."

The comments comparing Manchester United's tragedy with CSK's comeback did not go well with sports enthusiasts on social media.

On 6 February 1958, an aeroplane carrying United players, staff, supporters and journalists – who were returning from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade – crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport. A total of 23 people out of the 44 on board the aeroplane died in the tragedy.

It was definitely shocking to hear this from Ashwin as the two above mentioned incidents are way different from each other.

However, Ashwin took to Twitter to state that he was misquoted after people started abusing him.

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