India news May 29, 2012

Not all cricketers are answerable to BCCI - Kapil

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kapil Dev, India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain, has said that the BCCI cannot question Indian cricketers who are not employed by or contracted to it on matters that the board considers contradictory to its policies. His comments come in the wake of his exclusion from the BCCI's list of former players who received a one-time benefit payment out of the profits of the IPL playoffs. It is believed Kapil was 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.

"It [the BCCI] should realise that only those cricketers -- present or former -- who are contracted to it and are paid salaries, like selectors or coaches, are accountable to it," Kapil wrote in the Hindustan Times. "Not all cricketers are answerable to the board.

"You can't deny that player his due, which he is being given for the services rendered during his playing days. If you are taking money from the board -- like the late Tiger Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, to be on the IPL board -- then the board or any organisation has a right to question you. But a Dilip Vengsarkar, [he] is not answerable because he is not holding any post today where he is drawing money from the board."

He took up the ICL post, Kapil said, with a view to promoting cricket. "If they don't want to recognise my game, I would like to say thank you and move on. Yes, I was connected with the ICL - if someone gives me a job, I would love to do it, especially when it is for the promotion of the game and when I am not an employee of any other institution.

"There is one common thing in what the board [the BCCI] does and what I did, and that is promoting the game. If by doing that I have hurt someone, what can I do? All I can say is that I have no intention of hurting anyone, but it is too bad if it has been taken that way."

The BCCI has also excluded Kirti Azad, Kapil's team-mate during the 1983 World Cup, from its list of beneficiaries. This was after Azad, a member of the Indian parliament, had spoken out against the IPL and the controversies surrounding the tournament. The board should have "reached out to Azad", Kapil said, instead of ostracising him. "It should have heard his [Azad's] views and sorted out the issue.

"He was an India player and is now an MP. Ideally, the BCCI should have ensured he becomes a voice for it in parliament. It is the duty of the board, as patron of the cricketing fraternity, to find out why he spoke against it [the IPL] and resolve the issue. I am proud to see cricketers entering parliament -- Kirti, Azhar [Azharuddin], [Navjot] Sidhu and Sachin. The board should ensure they become its backbone where national policy is being made."

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  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    support BCCI's decision, come on you cant expect to get money from both ICL and IPL, of course BCCI should look after its own interest

  • narsimha on June 1, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I really enjoyed ICL THAN THE IPL as it was more copetetive as teams from pak sl, nz other countries paticipated in it but it was eaten away by bcci.

  • Joe on May 31, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    I have posted 3 comments but none of them have gotten published. I hope this will be. @Procter is wrong because Kapil Dev's right to host a cricket tournament is still being adjudicated. It is not illegal yet. ICL failed because BCCI exerted a monopoly over tournaments and thereby shut out players from earning a living. Finally, the BCCI reward is for players' contributions to Indian cricket. Kapil's contribution is no less than that of Gavaskar, Shastri, etc. He cannot be discriminated against. I think he has a good case of discrimination if he decides to pursue a lawsuit. I hope he does.

  • Devavrat on May 31, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    BCCI, the big daddy ?! Fall in line, take a knee, pay your respects else you will humiliated, shunned and strung up publicly ...... ? Is that what office bearers of BCCI are into ? By denying Kapil his due respect and recognition, BCCI demonstrates high handedness. This only shows that the future of the sport that cricket is, will be compromised to satisfy some fat egos. National pride and interest is not on the radar now.

  • mau on May 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Can cricinfo forward all these emails along with the ones in the first article on this subject to BCCI, Kapil and Hon. Sports Minister Mr Maken? This will not do anything to BCCI, but make Kapil understand that even today he is the best Indian cricketer ever produced, bar none. It will also give the sports minister a further insight into the disconnect between the real cricket fans, their wishes and the workings of BCCI. A sports body that is, by the day, becoming very autocratic. Kapil paaji may god bless you!

  • Bharat on May 30, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    What amazes me is to see so many people defending Kapil without understanding the issue. Kapil promoted a "rebel" league ICL owned by Zee TV which would have hurt BCCI immensely. No where in the world a national or international sports association allows players affiliated to it to play in "rebel" leagues. BCCI rightly banned the players who played ICL from playing tournaments organised by them. Once ICL failed BCCI allowed players and organisers to return to be part of BCCI asking them to write that they have left ICL. All players and coaches (eg Madanlal) did that. Ambit Raydu who returned from ICL has reaped tremendous benefit from IPL. Only ICL Chairman Kapil Dev and Vice Chairman stayed with ICL. Kiran though now has written. But Kapil even today is backing ICL by taking BCCI to court. What then BCCI should do? Kiss and make up? Btw, I also feel Kapil is the greatest cricketer India ever produced!

  • Nathan on May 30, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @Amol Ramteke - you quoted " but any employer with whom i am not associtate will never share profit (Same for IPL)". Some food for thought and digestion: (1) Where did IPL idea originate from - ICL?? If that is the case, BCCI does not the own IP rights for IPL tournament - right? Have they paid KAPIL to acquire the IP rights to create a parallel tournament to showcase its rights - NO. (2) Were the so-called X-Indian players part of IPL bandwagon - NO. (3) Did BCCI bigwigs created the pool money for payment from their own buckets - NO. (4) BCCI ran a tournament IPL that made profits and decided to share the same among the cricketers who served the COUNTRY for the GAME - using that rationale, is it right for KAPIL and other cricketers denied their DUES - NO.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I think Kapil Dev the reward for serving cricket as other ex-players given the award for their services to cricket. All cricket lovers of India and specially sports jounalists should raise voice against not considering Kapil Dev for awards.It is the moral duties of those ex-cricketers who played with and under him to support for Kapil Dev. He should deserve better treatment for his services.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    BCCI would kill cricket in India and the world. They have a stranglehold on everything related to cricket. They did not allow the T20 league to take off in Sri Lanka. SL and PCB are dependent on BCCI to throw some tours their way. I hope ECB and ACB join hands with SL to take on BCCI. IPL would be a bore without Aussie, SL, WI and SA cricketers.

    Shame on BCCI.

    Hats of to Kapil to speak against the might of BCCI. The money doled out BCCI hardly matters. You have shown Pride is more than Money.

  • Navneet on May 30, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    @Shah00, I share the same opinion. Since 1980 when I started understanding the game and watching both of the Legends. There is no comparison to Kapil and Imran. They both stand out like Baadshah of the game. They are the reason that cricket has reached to thiese heights in south asia. Otherwise players from our country were always attracted towards other countries private leagues and after bringing world cup to Indi, Kapil Dev made us believe that we can do this. I really from my heart appeal to BCCI to give this greatest legend ever his due respect. There are so many of the beneficiaries from IPL money who are not associated with BCCI or IPL and no one is even close to what Kapil dev has done foir the game and eventually on which BCCI is making money. And more than money its the recognition of such legend by doing this small gesture.

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