Challenges board for 'deliberately amending the rules' February 13, 2008

Kapil Dev files petition against BCCI

Cricinfo staff

Kapil Dev has filed a petition against the Indian board for stopping his pension after he joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL), an initiative not backed by the BCCI.

Kapil levelled the charge that the board had "deliberately amended the rules" following his move to the ICL by altering the word 'pension' with 'Benevolent Fund'.

Kapil's affidavit, which was filed in the Delhi High Court, read: "The only way of earning a livelihood for us retired cricketers is through the game and the board cannot, by illegally changing its rules and regulations, deprive us of the benefits."

He also contested BCCI's decision to sack him as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy, a post he held till joining the ICL as the chairman of its executive board.

The BCCI members met for a special general meeting last August where the decision to remove Kapil from the chairman's post at the NCA was made along with decision to deny players the right to derive any benefit from the BCCI if they were associated with the ICL. This meant former players, Kiran More, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Sandeep Patil, EAS Prasanna, Madan Lal, Rajesh Chauhan, who joined the ICL in various roles, also had their pensions revoked by the board.