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Kapil Dev likely to miss out on BCCI's benefit payment

Siddhartha Talya

May 22, 2012

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Kapil Dev lifts the World Cup after India's win, June 25, 1983
Kapil Dev, India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain, would be eligible for a benefit of Rs 1.5 crore Adrian Murrell / © Getty Images
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Kapil Dev appears to have been left out of the list of former cricketers due to receive the one-time monetary benefit announced by the BCCI for former national and domestic cricketers who retired before the 2003-04 season. While Kapil told ESPNcricinfo he wasn't aware of whether he was on the list or not, the BCCI was not willing to comment or confirm either way.

A report in Tuesday's Indian Express quoted a senior unnamed official as saying that Kapil had been excluded because he had not accepted the amnesty offered by the BCCI following his involvement in the ICL - the now-defunct Twenty20 league that was not recognised by the ICC or the Indian board. "Kapil didn't turn up when the BCCI offered amnesty. He has also not been receiving his pension as he was part of the ICL. We have not considered his name," a senior BCCI official was quoted as telling the paper.

When asked if he and the BCCI were in touch about the payment, Kapil said "no" and that he "didn't know" if he was on the BCCI's list of those who would receive its largesse, totalling Rs 70 crore (US $12.7 million approx), taken from the profits of the IPL 2012 playoffs. Kapil, India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain, would be eligible for a benefit of Rs 1.5 crore ($280,000 approx).

The BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told ESPNcricinfo he "didn't want to speak on the matter". The board's media manager, Devendra Prabhudesai, said the full list was with the board president's office; however, no one in that office was available for comment. It is understood, however, that Kapil's name is not on the list.

In April 2009, the BCCI offered amnesty to Indian players and officials involved with the ICL, giving them an opportunity to return to official cricket - from which they had been banned - if they terminated their contracts with the league within a stipulated deadline. Kapil, who was the ICL chairman at the time, said on Tuesday that he had not heard from the board about the amnesty. "I haven't heard anything from them [BCCI]," Kapil said when asked why he didn't take the ICL amnesty. "They haven't told me anything."

The BCCI hasn't released a full list of players due to receive the payments, only a list of some of them invited to the IPL playoffs where they'll be awarded their cheques; the others, the BCCI said in a release, would be sent their cheques. Kapil's name didn't feature in the list of invitees to the playoffs. The BCCI's one-time payment scheme stands to benefit around 160 cricketers.

Other prominent players* missing from the list include Dilip Vengsarkar, Syed Kirmani, Gundappa Viswanath and Mohinder Amarnath. Of the four, only Vengsarkar has played over 100 Tests. Shetty said the four players were ineligible because they were already given benefit ODI matches in the past, where all the match proceeds go to the said player.

"This is a one-time benefit that is being extended to players in lieu of benefit matches that players with 100 or more Tests (or an equivalent number taking ODIs into account)," Shetty told Times of India.

"Those four players had been awarded ODIs as benefits but for some years now we have been unable to do so for a variety of reasons. Hence the president (N Srinivasan) suggested that we extend this one-time benefit to eligible players. He further suggested that we extend the same to those who have played less then 100 Tests and to first-class cricketers who have played long for their states."

There is reportedly uncertainty surrounding Kirti Azad, the former India allrounder who was part of the World Cup squad in 1983. Last week, Azad went on a hunger strike outside Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla to protest the IPL, following its recent off-field controversies.

"I have not received any intimation from the BCCI so far. Neither has anyone contacted me," Azad told PTI. "The question of acceptance or refusal of payment arises only when they get in touch me. But if they think that they can stop me from raising my voice by doing that, then they are wrong."

* - 0730GMT, May 23, 2012 - The story was updated to include the position of other former players

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Divinetouch on (May 24, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Good move BCCI to honour ex-cricketers. Hope other Boardsfollow suit.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

no question of pardon. Kapil did not do anything wrong. BCCI was not coming out with IPL so he started a leauge. In fact had it not been for ICL , IPL would never have seen light of the day.

BCCI should apologise to Kapil for bad behaviour.

Otherwise, Zee TV should organise a and collect 2 crores for Kapil. Everyone will contribute. The whole nation.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

What a shame!!! BCCI is definitely Cricket CONTROL board of India.. I am sure Kapil doesnt need that money...

Posted by joebee on (May 24, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

It's indeed very sad that Kapil Dev is out of favour with BCCI.Indeed Kapil Dev should get double the benefit as it is he alone who changed the face of Indian Cricket. If not for anything else his innings of 175 Not Out in the 1983 World Cup match against Zimbabwe alone deserves this Benefit. It's actually Kapil's great and innovative cricketing ideas that have been smuggled to create the IPL . The Fact is that Kapil Dev is a simple , humble and 100 % honest person whose love for the game can NEVER be questioned. Is the BCCI waiting to give this award posthumously to Romi ! Come on wake up BCCI ,w e are in the new ERA . Yes you have honored many great India Cricketers.But if BCCI leaves out Kapil Dev from this Benefit ,we his fans will be greatly saddened.

Posted by Haleos on (May 24, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

@cricfanraj - because the said organisation represents cricket in India and has the duty to take care of ex cricketers. This things hapen because it is run by a bunch of politicians. Kapil represented India in the world cup not BCCI. BCCI is not bigger than cricket or India.

Posted by cricfanraj on (May 24, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@Gomzilla .. your comments sound harsh and I don't think there is any rule that we should not have difference of opinion . I'm not talking anything on what BCCI does nor I'm great fan of it . My point was it was a great gesture in this regard as we actually forget about so many cricketers spend their entire life without earning a decent livelihood . This whole process should not be diluted just because Kapil/Gavaskar/Sachin is there or not. . I don't think this will make Kapil's contributions any less. He is definitely one of the finest crickets ever produced by India. Kapil opted to move out of BCCI and be part of competitor for his own reasons and so be it. Why do you expect an organization to go and felicitate its competitor ?

Posted by   on (May 24, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

we always forget heroes. BCCI GAINED SO MUCH PROFIT ONLY AFTER THE 1983 WORLD CUP is less known fact. without that world cup BCCI would have been in the same line of srilnakan cricket board.

Posted by Captain_Crick on (May 24, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Sad and pathetic! How can our1983 world cup hero be forgotten in BCCI's benefit ? He is one of the most selfless cricketing heroes, India has ever produced. The Legend stands tall with his dignity and honour intact by not expecting any favours from BCCI while on the other hand BCCI's image and credibility is further questoned.Way to go Kapil!

Posted by anver777 on (May 24, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Kapil Dev who deserves this in return of his yeoman services to Ind cricket should be pardoned by BCCI !!!!

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (May 23, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

How many of the BCCI members have actually held a cricket bat in their hands? How many have stepped out onto a cricket field with the hopes of million of their countrymen on their shoulders and faced the red cherry hurtling at over 90 mph at them? How many have been hit by a cricket ball? Who will remember the President and members of the BCCI? 60 over limited cricket was the first version of limited over cricket and I still remember the painful crawl by India to 136 for 2 in 60 overs at Lords in the first match against England. In 1983 no one gave an outside chance to India to beat the then World Champions the West Indies with their fearsome battery of fast bowlers like Andy Roberts, Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft. On our side we had the friendly medium pace of Amarnath, Balwinder and Madan Lal with Kapil Dev leading the team by sheer drive. And he won the World Cup against all odds which galvanized the entire country. How can the BCCI ignore a hero?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Simply preposterous! I am yet to concede the BCCI officials are so narrow minded and spiteful. Kapil Dev was one of their best cricketers but by not grovelling to these blokes has, apparently, made him personna non grata. What a shame!

Posted by immensecricfan on (May 23, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Extremely sad day for Indian cricket....Sunil Gavaskar has always taken bold stand.....He should boycott the ceremony and raise his voice for one of his "idols" ......Kapil the legend........Kapil the greatest ever cricketer to wear Indian cap....BC I wake up and do not humiliate the Indian cricket fans

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

What a shame from BCCI for a cricketing Legend. He is the one who gave BCCI the idea of IPL through ICL. He is the one who started ICL in India which gave young talent chance and money and that is how you will be treated? What about other guys Amarnath, Viwanath and Vengsarkar Two of them were selectors for Team India. It seems like BCCI is BIASED. Kick those rich people who are making dumb decisions, there is not much difference between PCB, WICB and BCCI. SHAME SHAME SHAME.....

Posted by Gomzilla on (May 23, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

@cricfanraj : Are you some BCCI administrator posting here as a cricket fan?

Anyway, ICL got the idea first and BCCI was just jealous, and instead of supporting it, they just trampled it by banning indian players who participated in it. Why should Kapil DEv apologize ? Are you out of your mind ? BCCI has a tradition of mixing politics in everything. They should let go of their ego, and give all players their dues.

Till recently, BCCI was not paying taxes as it projected itself as a "charitable organization". Does that even make sense? BCCI president owns an IPL team and illegal player negotiations are rampant in the IPL. Will the BCCI take action against its own president if there is evidence ?

I believe BCCI should be more transparent, set their priorities right, and then only will it flourish.

Posted by SLfan on (May 23, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Oh,,,Shame, Shame BCCI...Even as a Sri Lankan I know that how great player KAPIL DEV is and how much he had done for Indian cricket...In my point of view Kapil Dev is for India is like Imran Khan is for Pakistan...Once again BCCI is going to expose themselves for the whole world. Good Luck BCCI !!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Please do not quote that Kapil has disowned BCCI and joined ICL. ICL was formed first and it was BCCI who disowned Kapil and all players who joined ICL terming them as rebels. So it was not Kapil Dev's fault. Any person of Kapil's stature cannot terminate the league. If he has done so he would have been selfish. Pls do not forgot that IPL is just a copy paste of ICL and since it has been made officially sponsored by BCCI it was successfully. Any unbiased cricket fan would agree that had ICL been not made as a rebel league it also would have been successful. Shane warne, mentor of RR was originally supposed to sign for ICL and had to back off because BCCI termed as illegal and determined to spoil the career of all who joined ICL. Ideally BCCI should have supported ICL and brought it under their arms....

Posted by mautan on (May 23, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

He took cortisone injections aginst the medical advice to win that test in Melbourne and bowl Aussies out for 83, he brought way more pride to the country, along with Sunny Gavaskar, then even Tendulkar. Atleast Tendulkar got to play in a era mostly where India rules or dominates cricket through money power. Kaps and Sunny are the cricketers that brought about money into cricket through their blood and sweat..with very little money at the time. World Ch'ship..85, Kapils innnings in the semis, Kapils 4 sixes to save follow on at Lords, Kapils century thrashing of SA in 1993, his 9 wickets in innings against the all powerful WI in 83, his 175*, being the only one to score 5000 runs and 400 wickets in tests, his WC victory in 83, his series victories in England in 86, so many miraculous feats... and BCCI brings in ICL issue ahead of all this? Even with ICL what wrong did he do? He has always been supportive of all players, in good times and bad..a true class. Kaps you bigger than 1.5 cr!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

The obvious question: Is the money distributed coming from the ancestral homes of Srinivasan and Co? I would have thought every single cricket lover in India has made a contribution to this fund-and they must have a say. Having arrived at a yardstick for eligibility for the bonus, how can the BCCI again pick and choose? Can these fellows even begin to appreciate what Kapil Dev has done for Indian cricket and the level of respect he commands in the cricketing world for his achievements?

Posted by distillin_freak on (May 23, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Are you kidding me? The BCCI is what it is because of the '83 cup. Cricket in India is what it is because of the '83 win. Kapil's the reason we won the World Cup, he did it without todays budget or celebrity and we're going to overlook him because he has the audacity to think he can do something the BCCI doesn't want?

We won the Cup because Kapil was a rebel and thought we could pull off something no one else did. You can't penalize Kapil for his natural tendency to question authority when it doesn't benefit you , I'm talking to you BCCI.

The BCCI is the most powerful body in sport because '83 win catapulted the game to a new stratosphere in India. Recognize Kapil for that, applaude him for being a hero of Indian cricket, recognize him for spearheading a so-so team to the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP through leadership, don't let bureaucrats and white collar wannabe pro's determine how we salute a national hero. Do him right, make him part of the fold and give him his just due.

Posted by Asmax on (May 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

I am not an indian but My most favorite of all time Indian player was KD, this is a very sad news to see himm mistreated by his owns, Indian cricket got here because of all these oldies. Had I been a rich guy I would have award him $500K just to slap BCCI, I hope someone opens a fan drive to his benifet so we all can contribute.

Posted by blaster.pk on (May 23, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

BCCI have enough money and support to provide to SACHIN but not to KAPIL, the greatest sports person of INDIA is KAPIL .

Sachin was so much hyped that he will win us the world cup.. which he never, Dhoni just like KAPIL DEV won us the world cup . What a shame ....

You need to have real Guts to come out against BCCI eventhough u know that u will lose lot of money .... HATS OF to KAPIL SIR AND 1983 world cup winning team members ....

Posted by spinkingKK on (May 23, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

My full praise to the BCCI for awarding these payments to the former cricketers who can't have a piece of the IPL cake which the current cricketers are lucky to have. Having said that, it is a BIG INJUSTICE not to award anything to Kapil Dev. At least, they should recognize the fact that the IPL itself was actually his idea. Fortunately for Kapil, he is not impoverished like some of the legends of other sports. This 1 crore or whatever is only a small sum for Kapil. So, it is justified if that money went to some unfortunate first class cricketers who inspite of their great work in domestic circuit, never got picked for the national side.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

This is Blatant attempt by BCCI not to support our old cricketers. This is Shame on them.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

BCCI : Kapil as Bollywood : Amir Khan, but both are true heroes in peoples' eyes..this BCCI stupidity is only going to reassure of his greatness..

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (May 23, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

If the BCCI team represents the national team for India, then it should not be a profit making body and its earnings have to be taxed at a high rate and used for national development. The richest sports body in the world should not be controlled by a few rich old men.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

What does BCCI think of itself. Have they become so big as to sit over the judgement on Kapil's contribution to the Cricket in general and the Indian cricket in particular and decide on whom to give and whom not give Indian cricket lover's money? Is the BCCI supposed to behave like trustee or a law unto itself. Has become so big and on what basis?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Kapil played and won the world cup for India not for the BCCI........BCCI need not take care of Kapil. The nation can do the same for the love of the game..

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Just don't forget IPL is here, just because ICL was there...BCCI still the idea and now trying to forget the legend. Shame on BCCI.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Shame on BCCI to ingnore this Legendry All rounder, who brought laurels for the country. There cannot be another Kapil Dev anymore!!!

Posted by cricfanraj on (May 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

First let me appreciate BCCI for taking the initiative to honor the ex cricketers. It is a very nice gesture . Let us not dilute the whole idea by looking into some small issues like this as the target cricketers who is expected to benefit are the one who didn't earn much during the era. For Gavaskars, Kapils this is more of an honor than the real cash award. Coming the Kapil's case, he joined the rebel ICL group by disowning BCCI when there are restrictions and BCCI has a rule not to allow rebel players unless they apologize which I find very reasonable Simple communication between Kapil and BCCI can close the deal or if Kapil doesn't want to get reunited with BCCI then it is fine. Emotionally you might find it wrong but logically BCCI stand looks fine (for the first time).

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Really it will be a Sad story written in Indian Cricket history.What ever he was part of but BCCI should not forgot that he was the captain of 1983 world cup wining team.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Kapil Dev was a great player, just because of ICL, they cannot neglect the legend cricketer, BCCI should be ashamed of this thing...

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (May 23, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

If you compare with Pakistan gave to Imran Khan vs what India gave to Kapil Dev for their first ever cups, you have to say "Shame on you BCCI".

Posted by ajayrcs on (May 23, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

This is not the only nation insulting their best Player other like West Indies (Gayle), Australia (Ponting)

Posted by rrgg1 on (May 23, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

The BCCI, like most corporate entities has shown its petty side. The only way to bring them to their knees is also the most impossible way. Fans need to stay away from the game and their advertising dollars needs to dry up.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

For me Kapil Dev is cricket,

Not BCCI,

shame on them,

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

The BCCI is supposed to run Indian cricket, not own it. It is only handing public money to players who earned public admiration through their sweat and blood. It can't treat that money as charity. The government should intervene if it insults national heroes.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

it is a shame that the greatest alrounder India produced should be left out of the beneficiary list. Money or no money, at least for honour's sake he should have been in the list of beneficiaries. BCCI has again showed their ugly face in this issue.

Posted by sudhiraja on (May 23, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

I dont understand why the sports people dont show sporting spirit!!! I mean both the sides should forget the hard feelings of the past and unitedly they can do a lot good for cricket!!It is all commonsense...

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I believe that Kapil Dev's services to India are as valuable as of Imran Khan to us.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Courageous gentleman like kapil always lacks simplycity, he is not ready to mend his ways or bend his head infront anything at any cost, it results in revulsion, Ignorance of a True Champion, Shame on you BCCI

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

By watching ICL only the whole nation was addicted to League Cricket and made IPL success. Without Kapil we can't image the World Champion....Money is not a matter, but respect the people who played whole heartedly for the Nation.

Posted by sarathy_m2 on (May 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Kapil should be first person to receive Bharat Ratna under sports category. Now, not even pension is given to him !?

Posted by Winners-2011 on (May 23, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

This is certainly ridiculous. Kapil is one of the favorite sons of India. He has done more to Indian cricket than anybody else before Sachin arrived on the scene. It is truly shameful on part of BCCI to ignore a legend like Kapil due to their petty politics. BCCI earning huge profits out of IPL because Indian Cricket Fans are paying for it and the fans certainly want Kapil to be part of the receipient group of the awards. Good thing is I guess he is doing well otherwise and not in great need of this money, but it is an insult to the great contribution he made.

I feel very sorry about this.

Posted by veeravalli on (May 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

If Kapil is omitted form the list, Gavaskar must graciously reject the offer of BCCI

Posted by rafiquemohd on (May 23, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

how come kapil omitted from that list ? he won world cup for india so why not his name ? hahaha BCCI hahaha - what else beside hahaha ?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

this is so wrong on the part of BCCI...

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Kapil dev is all time favourite. Shame on BCCI.

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (May 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Whether BCCI gives him money or not all true Indians will know deep in their hearts what Kapil did for the country. He gave us the power to dream and truly believe that we could be world beaters. Kapil's devils as they called the team in those days, put that belief into our hearts. Whatever today's officials or even cricketers do, they can never take that fact go away. His place in history is with Indians like Swami Vivekananda, the Mahatma etc for having put us on the map in a way that was until then considered impossible. Today's youngsters may find it difficult to appreciate the true magnitude of that even in 1983 Prudential cup. But if they have the patience to read history and think about things unbiasedly, they will realise what I am saying. The man may have his faults, but the importance of what got achieved through him is difficult to quantify.

Posted by sony_sr on (May 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

What ICL? Forget it. Kapil must top the list along with Gavaskar. If he is excluded from the list, its going to be a shame for the whole nation.

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 23, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Lets see the other side.. Same as Kapil served BCCI, BCCI too gave Kapil a job and gave him enough chances and even coaching assignment - which he failed miserably.. BCCI was not Kapil's enemy till the ICL.. Though ICL is other form of cricket, Kapil went against BCCI and started it as a rebel league and challenged the company which provided him the platform and now facing it.. Lets not be rude to anyone.. it is a business and Kapil made BCCI his competitor.. And, expecting competitor to be generous to u would be silly..

Posted by ruthravi on (May 23, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

I hate these BCCI members - They are sitting on this rich board only because of Kapildev and his mates who brought the WC in 1983 to India. That brought riches to Indian Players. If any youngster is getting crores through IPL because of this efforts of 1983 WC team. Secondly, If IPL is there today, it was because of ICL which was started by Kapil on genuine reasons to recognise local talent from rural areas of India. On both, Cricket being brought to this level and IPL riches, it is directly/indirectly Kapil is responsible. Today such great person has been insulted and cornered for no reasons. I am sorry for him and one of the greatest player of India and World.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

BCCI open your eyes , Kapil Dev Nikhaj is the one who brought the cricket"s ultimate glory for our Nation, and such a behavior for him really shame,our should stand together for our real hero!!!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I feel very unhappy for kapil dev for god sake he was the first Asian captain to win the WC how can BCCI take such a step they should be ashamed of themselves. A true cricket fan will be upset with the decision

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Kapil Sir we are with you.. You make the nation proud.. for what you done for our country.. 175 runs against Zimbabawe route to world cup.. Kapil ka jawab nahin..

Posted by kvvs on (May 23, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

this is an insult to our national hero.why not sports minister Mr. Maken not talking about it. how BCCI can insult out hero.. this is not acceptable and BCCI should tender an apology. why not any MP's talking about it. Where is Kirti Azad. why he is shut his mouth. why not sachin talking anything about it. Kapil is also his hero. this issue is not over yet.he do need money and same time we cant accept somebody insulting him.. JAI HIND

Posted by billy_bilal on (May 23, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

That's a shame! BCCI wants to grovel the one of the biggest legends India has ever produced.

Posted by neerajprasher on (May 23, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

Kapil Dev is great.i salute him ! Best allrounder cricket INDIA ever had.

Posted by Naren on (May 23, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

I really have no words to say, there are 1000s of useless comments being written for each IPL match and other useless topics. But only 32 comments for this post. Please post a poll on what people think of this BCCI's shameful stand on Kapil. If you don't stand together for the greatest cricketer of India, who had inspired so many people to turn up and watch cricket, it is a shame. Cricinfo- please post this.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

Kapil lives in heart....shame on you BCCI....he is legend and remain so....we are not concerned about the BCCI (Bunch of jokers)

Posted by i-Love-CSK on (May 23, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

Where is my Comment on this topic?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

BCCI Kapil Westindies Gayle

stupidity what else

Posted by Ramamruth on (May 23, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

THIS IS NOTHING BUT A NATIONAL SHAME ! THE SELF-CENTRED, WEALTHY MONEY-BAGS SITTING ON THE BCCI & ITS EVER SOMANY COMMITTEES, HAVE HANDED OUT THE WORST OF ITS DECISIONS, VIZ. NOT PAYING THE LEGITIMATE DUES TO KAPIL DEV, THE FIRST WORLD CUP WINNER FOR INDIA. THE GOVT, ESP THE HON'BLE SPORTS MINISTER, SHOULD SPONTANEOUSLY VOLUNTEER & INTERVENE ON THIS ISSUE, AS OTHERWISE THE PUBLIC CRITICISMS AND from our own MPs will be unctrollable ..

Posted by G_Arun on (May 23, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Without getting overly sentimental about Kapil, it is really appalling that the BCCI is allowed to get away with such arrogance. Who is the BCCI to announce amnesties and who in the BCCI has the right to deny a Kapil Dev?

Posted by ZedInLosAngles on (May 23, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

All the other cricketers should not accept if Kapil is also not recognized and given money. He did more for Indian cricket than most. It is pathetic politics from BCCI resulting from Kapil's involvement in ICL. Kapil was one of best allrounders India had and a great captain and bowler. Shame on BCCI.

Posted by shailendra.raghuwanshi on (May 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

It's shame that WC winning team's Captain is not included in list. BCCI hardly gave him respect in all those years i don't know what is the inside story? but kapil ji deserve respect more than that money that is being given to ex cricketers.Cricket is grown up in India because we won THE 1983 WC and creator of this magic is always sidelined by BCCI .....

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Kapil is my all time favourite, True Hero...after him only major Asian countries(Cricket playing nations) Pakistan, Srilanka...(Bangaldesh's chance is still due)got the belief and won the world cups, then again India under the leadership of Dhoni.

Kapildev is already living in the hearts of millions of Cricket Lovers......Bu...t BCCI..... who needs your money........

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

I remember when we are in young age we always like to be a player like Kapil.Whenever some one hits a six or a four all we and our friends says " this shot like a kapil's shot. I think that much of respect Kapil have.He has donated his cricketing blood to all over the India and so we have got another WC after 28yrs. If BCCI is not borther for such a legend then we understand the profile of BCCI.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Kapil, the great Cricketer introduced India over the world. So, the people should love and respect him.

Posted by aravabalaji on (May 23, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

GOD do not seek boon or bounty for HIMSELF. Kapil is GOD of Indian Cricket. Let BCCI pray to god for its wellbeing. @Sukumar said everything / @Nitin_0251 hit the bull's eye.

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 23, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Well.. Kapil never expected any kudos or any benefits from BCCI and BCCI always kept distance from the ICL guys.. So this was a expected thing to happen though i personally felt Kapil deserves more than anyone in the history of game for making guys in smaller places to go gaga over the game.. @AusieBangaleeShameem : Shakib is better than Jayasuriya or the great Imran or even Afridi? Give a break mann.. @Nitin_0251 : As a neutral, he ended career worse than Sachin.. Waiting for 15 tests to complete 434 landmark - Which he truly deserved but still, end was lame enough..

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Its a Loss for BCCI, Not Kapil Dev. True Leader, Great man! I followed cricket only because of Kapil Dev's World Cup heroics. Who can forget that 175* in World Cup.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

BCCI does not recognize the man who brought the world cup in 1983 against the mighty West Indies where Vivian Richards and Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, and Malcom Marshall, and Andy Roberts, and Gus Logie, and Big Cat Clive Lloyd played. Shame on you BCCI. Trent Bridge Wells, Zimbabwe, 17-5 at one stage and ending at 266. Shame, Shame, Shame on BCCI.

Posted by dinuhebbar on (May 23, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

The sports body raking millions into its kitty, is throwing peanuts to former cricketers. It would be a honor if Kapil does not accept such amounts even if offered, because his achievements and his contributions to indian cricket are much more valuable than what was being measured in terms of money by BCCI.

Posted by KazaLN on (May 22, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

BCCI owes it to Kapil Dev and for that matter even the ICL. IPL and ICL are identical tournaments and ICL has started the fan base for T20 in India. Most of the success of IPL can be attributed to the establishment of ICL before hand. I am sure that someday that BCCI will be part of the Indian Govt. and the puppets running the show now will become obsolete.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 22, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

I'm ashamed, disgusted and have lost my words. As a Listener of running commentary of all PRUDENTIAL WC 1983 games India played, I'm in disbelief Kapil Dev has not been considered. To a person named himself as --- IndiaRulesEverybody who posts comments full of "hate" to world best all-rounder in the subcontinent produced after Kapil Dev , Shakib Al Hasan-----: THIS IS YOUR INDIA!!! SHAME, SHAME!!! DON'T TRY TO RULE ANYONE BUT CORRECT YOURSELF!!

Posted by Cric_Clan on (May 22, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

Kapil has done a lot to INDIAN cricket.. Cricket belongs to INDIA and not any board or committee...

If he doen't get the credits that are due for him, then there is nothing more to say...

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

Sad news for for the King Of Indian Cricket. I really don't know about this benefits, but Kapil Dev was extreme hero of Cricket during his career. I don't really understand one thing, his team mates are included in so called IPL benifits, but the person Captained those players and greeted as their Hero by those players and as well as all India is not one of them, means "some thing" fishy. Furthermore, if it was not Kapil Dev's idea of the shorter format T20 game, IPL is not existing, It is Kapil Dev the one who introduced the game to the world, in a hope of bringing the talent in focus. It accomplished, Kapil Dav must be more then happy to those guys ruling the event " not some body followed me rather the all World" all the benefits should go to the person who introduce it. Bryan Lara was follower of Kapil. The Real Cricket Kings, Kapil, Lara.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Kapil will always be remembered as one who played in a team rather than as a player. Team-man to the core.

Posted by Nitin_0251 on (May 22, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

I AM SURE KAPIL WILL BE THE FIRST AND THE LAST INDIAN TO HAVE WON WORLD CUP SINCERELY (NO FIXING) OUT OF INDIA...

Posted by Nitin_0251 on (May 22, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

WHEN KAPIL AND THE TEAM WON WORLD CUP IT WAS DIWALI IN INDIA IN 1983.... KAPIL YOUR MATCH WINNING AND UNRECORDED 175 NOT OUT IS ALWAYS MUCH BETTER THAN SELFISH OTHER 100S THAT ARE WASTE...

KAPIL DOES NOT RECOGNITION BY BCCI. HE IS BORN RICH WITH RUNS AND WICKETS...

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

He won the first worldcup. Much of the popularity of the game in India is because for the first time we had the self-belief to win an international event. Of all the senior cricketers Kapil deserves the most.

Posted by gandabhai on (May 22, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

KAPIL DEV is one of the top 5 on the MOST IMPORTANT INDIAN CRICKETERS EVER list if not THE most important .If i picked an all time' best Indian cricket team' . Kapil would be first on my team sheet because of his all rounders role.Grow up BCCI ,give the man his dues. DONT FORGET , it takes a big man to forgive .

Posted by Nitin_0251 on (May 22, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

IF BHARAT-RATNA IS TO BE GIVEN THEN GIVE THE SAME TO KAPIL WHO WAS NOT SELFISH....HE PLAYED FOR COUNTRY....AND NOT FOR SELF....

Posted by Nitin_0251 on (May 22, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

KAPIL NEVER PLAYED FOR HIMSELF. HE PLAYED FOR COUNTRY..

THERE ARE MANY SELFISH CRICKETERS WHO STILL OPEN THE MATCHES BE IT 50/50 OF 20/20. I PITY THEM AS THEY PLAY FOR MONEY....

KAPIL - YOU ARE GREAT ALL-ROUNDER...NO ONE CAN REPLACE YOU... YOU HAVE EYE OF THE TIGER MAN.....

Posted by kalyanbk on (May 22, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

It must be remembered that many Indians took to cricket because of that World Cup win. If the IPL exists today it is because the ICL showed the way first. BCCI needs to have better communication with the cricketers past and present. India and the game of cricket is greater than the BCCI.

Posted by Semoli on (May 22, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Wear it like a badge of honour Kapil paaji.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Just because was involved in ICL, doesn't tarnish the legacy of Kapil Dev. He's the one who captained the Indian side to victory in 1983 WC. This is just poor and immature thinking by the BCCI, if he's not considered for the benefit payments.

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 22, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Now then, do I hear any Indian criticizing BCCI? oops there they are, lots of them, take that Mr. Kapil, you won us a cup so who cares, we win IPL every year, guaranteed! LOL

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

No worries Kapil Dev! Ask BCCI to go buy burfi's or something else with that money! ICL was killed the BCCI instead of nurturing it. It is not cricket they are after. They dont want to give importance to what you have done for Indian cricket and when they have seen some money, they have all forgotten what you have earned India!

Posted by bharath74 on (May 22, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

That will be ridiculous if BCCI blocks benefit to the man who won the World cup.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

nonsense he gave Indian cricket light he showed along with gavaskar we can be the best and now this he should be given something special with the money BCCI i thought you were doing something great it will remain great but this will put a sour taste

Posted by Naren on (May 22, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

You don't give him a role in IPL or BCCI it is fine. But leaving him out of the one-time monetary benefit for having served this country is unthinkable. He is one player who deserves the most. He gave his everything while playing for India.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

If the report that Kapil Dev the winner of the first ever world cup for India is not among the beneficiaries made sad reading. Whatever might have been the differences with the board and the past cricketers of eminenance such as Kapil dev must be forgotten and forgive. Afterall ICL was the precursor to the now successful IPL. Hope better sense prevails all round and Kapil gets his due reward for the services he has rendered to the world of cricket.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

The board should stop acting puerile about this whole episode and get him back into its fold as early as possible. This is definitely not the way you treat one of your nation's most respected captains of all time!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

I don't think he needs the money they bestow. He is a man of honor and deserves respect more than anything. The greatest fast bowler India ever produced and one of the best all rounders of the game plus the World Cup winning captain.. Does BCCI want him to lick their boot? Shame on you BCCI.. We are with Kapil.. Kapil played for India and not BCCI. And BCCI is just a private body. Are they recognized through constitution of India as the only official body to conduct cricket in India? The game is larger than anything. Remeber IPL is a copycat of ICL. When ICL started the whole world knows how poor the domestic cricketers were. Providing them with Window to earn money is a crime? And the word Amnesty is too big a word to use on someone of the calibre of Kapil...

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

The state of World cup winning captain for straight forward comments and action is this? Why dont peoples see the pisitive side of the Kapil, when he a marvelous world cup against giants that too when india is totterin in the onedayers.....

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

People like Kapil are legends and we don't get to see them too often and he is beyond politics.If BCCI refuses to honor him, it will be really unfortunate.

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