The passing away of a former Test player is valid reason for the team to wear the armbands just like other teams do. In fact, there have been several instances of teams sporting black bands even if relatives of players pass away.
Last season, Australian players wore black armbands to pay respect to the departed daughters of the team’s media manager. The kids died due to complications at birth.
Surti, who passed away on Sunday morning, represented India over a nine-year period in the 1960s and his former teammates paid tribute to his grit and guts.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did not even send out a condolence message on Sunday. While the establishment has received high praise for looking after former players through financial rewards, it also needs to get it right when it comes to the dear departed.