Kapil Dev ends ICL ties, returns to BCCI after 5 years.posted under: India | All news
|India’s former captain and cricketing legend Kapil Dev has finally sorted out the differences between him and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The row started because of the cricketer joining the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) and now, after almost 5 years, the board has welcomed Kapil back after a resignation letter from the cricketer to the unsanctioned league was produced before BCCI President N Srinivasan.
Mere minutes after the 1983 World Cup winner met Srinivasan at the board’s headquarters today, the BCCI issued a media release which stated:
“The BCCI has received a letter from Mr. Kapil Dev, former India captain. Mr. Kapil Dev has informed the Board that he has resigned from the Essel Sports Private Limited / ICL. He has also stated in the letter that he has always supported the BCCI, and will continue to do so in the future. The BCCI acknowledges Mr. Kapil Dev's immense contribution to Indian cricket and looks forward to a fruitful association with him in the years to come.”
Another senior BCCI official also spoke about some benefits that the board had withheld, and was quoted saying: “The BCCI will now release the one-time benefit of Rs 1.5 crore for Kapil (for playing more than 100 Tests) and he will again be eligible for monthly gratis of Rs 35,000 from the board. His gratis arrears for the last five years will also be cleared with immediate effect.”
Kapil Dev joined the ICL back in 2007 and was immediately banned by the BCCI for being part of an unsanctioned league. After the league collapsed, many of the players had gone back to the BCCI but Kapil had said that he would never seek amnesty by the parent board in India. Recently during a meeting in New Delhi held by the BCCI working committee, Kapil visited Srinivasan and handed him a copy of the resignation letter he had sent to the ICL. It wouldn’t be long before the BCCI welcomed the legend back with them.
After the official statement was released, Kapil tried to avoid the waiting media-persons at first, but later happily said a few words.
“BCCI is like a parent and we are like its children. Even during my earlier association, I have contributed for welfare of cricket and cricketers and even now I aim to do so,” he was quoted saying.