India news May 29, 2012

Not all cricketers are answerable to BCCI - Kapil

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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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  • 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

  • g.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.

  • jtoran 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.

  • DEV_ME 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.

  • mautan 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!

  • Procter 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!

  • bvnathan 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Noni 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.

  • 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

  • g.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.

  • jtoran 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.

  • DEV_ME 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.

  • mautan 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!

  • Procter 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!

  • bvnathan 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Noni 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.

  • anver777 on May 30, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Can't understand India's world cup winning captain is treated like this by BCCI !!! Kapil richly deserves something in return of WC 1983, but not this type of treatment i guess !!!!!!

  • NavalKishor on May 30, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Kapil Dev is not only among the best circketers of all times in the world but also the greatest all rounder that Indians have seen so far. His contribution to Indian cricket is unparallel. As rightly mentioned by earlier commentators that Indian cricket team gained respect and notice of cricket playing countries only after the unbelievebale win over the Great West Indies team of 70's and 80's in the finals of 1983 World Cup. BCCI can deny a monetary claim to Kapil and deserving others but can it erase memories of cricket lovers? I agree that BCCI is in the clutches of people, who were never cricketers, can never ever understand the game beyond its money making potential, particularly, its organic connection with people.

  • getsetgopk on May 30, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Now that is one great man talking there. I see a touch of the great Imran Khan in his words there. Always spoke the truth and stood by it no matter what the consequences were. This monster in BCCI needs to be checked, it has started biting its own.

  • suresh_gym on May 30, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    @Jullian N Bharat, perfectly agree with you. IPL is an pure copy of ICL. @Naren, well said. Hats off Kapil for raising the voice against BCCI!!!

  • NazimIsmail on May 30, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I fully agree with Kapil Dev, he joined ICL to promote the game and not fight against BCCI. I firmly beleive that BCCI should be run by cricketers only and not by people like Mr. Shukla ( a politician) and Srinivasan ( businessman). The people who run BCCI are politician and businessman, who do not value the contribution of people like Kapil Dev. It was a shame, when Dilip Vengsarkar lost the MCA president post to Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh. Dilip Vengasarkar was ex- Indian captain and also played 116 test and many one day matchces, what has Vilasrao done for cricket and MCA.

  • veerakannadiga on May 30, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    SRT, Shastri & Sunny, the selfish Mumbai trio, who have a say in BCCI affairs, should have intervened on Kapil's behalf.

  • ShAh00 on May 30, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    I was, am and will remain of the opinion that two (2) great AllRounders, IMRAN KHAN & KAPIL DEV are basic reasons that today Both PAK & IND are power houses of International Cricket. If these 2 players have not existed Cricket would not have been they way it is today in SubContinent. Even this day, these 2 greats can cause a traffic jam on the roads, if general public found them roaming around among them. This is the graph of their popularity and very bad to see that how our Governments / Cricket Boards are treating them. Somebody wrote that "Cricket is being run by those Fat rich people who have never played the game" is 100% Right. A SALUTE to Mr. KAPIL DEV from a Die Hard fan from Pakistan :))

  • TRIC on May 30, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    With due respects to kapil dev the legend, my simple question to you is since you started a venture which was a competitive business interests to the BCCI, now whats the point in shedding crocodile tears and trying to gain sympathy by all this talk. In business, no one likes a competitor even though you may be a global leader. Congrats BCCI for keeping it business like, else there will be more kapil devs who will work greedily for themselves until the tide turns against them at one stage.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    What a pity ?!!! the BCCI with all their 'wisdom' could ONLY see the 'ICL' in front of Kapil Dev's name instead of 'World Cup Winning Captain - 1983'. I feel sorry for Kapil who undoubtedly was India's finest captain and a man who taught Indians to believe in themselves. The BCCI will never learn. Beyond the power and riches there is something called humility which they totally lack.

  • on May 30, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    As said by Kapil Dev.... ICL offer the job and love to do it... Means he is not the employee for atleast IPL. Then its straight forward how he will be entiltle for profit from IPL. Sorry if am wrong but any employer with whom i am not associtate will never share profit (Same for IPL)

  • Prasad_Varier on May 30, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Well said Kapil. One shouldn't be afraid of competition. BCCI was killing ICL, competition to IPL, with money and muscle power. If BCCI's intention was to honor past cricketers, there shouldn't be any discrimination, just because you worked for a competitor to one of the tournaments organised by BCCI or talked against it. Every Indian has right to work and express opinion, unless it is against the laws of the country. BCCI do not have any right to take away the Indian citizen's rights.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 30, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    KAPIL EVERYONE RESPECTS U THAT IS IT DONT WORRY ABUT BCCI

  • on May 30, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    once again. shame on BCCI

  • Emancipator007 on May 30, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Kapil was the 3rd most naturally talented batsman in the '80s after Richards and Gower. His explosive strokeplay was breathtaking and he rarely got beaten defensively. He performed the best as a batsman among the Big 4 viz. Imran,Hadlee,Botham, himself against rampaging WI and did well as a bowler too. Captain Gavaskar always lamented that Kapil had not realized even 50% of his batting talent/potential and should have easily scored over 8000 Test runs. His ODI SR was a phenomenal 90 plus in that era! All that is beside the point;he along with Amarnath,Vengsarkar,Vishy,Kirmani should get their just dues as players who served Indian cricket and not BCCI. However, questions also need to be asked of lead ICL promoter Kapil as to why dues of many players have still not been cleared. Let's understand that Kapil,Tony Greig.More,Madan Lal were not doing charity and were paid massive amounts as main promoters of ICL.

  • KarmatBaig on May 30, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Kapil Dev was the only Indian Captain after Mansour Pataudi who instilled fighthing spirint in Indian team and always lead from the front. He deserves recognitionan and that is what the world knows, who care sabout BCCI and people like Srinavasan, Rakaesh Shukla etc.

  • on May 30, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    hats off to this gr8 man......infact it was ICL which gave birth to IPL..... love from Pakistan for Kapil.....:)

  • Reverse_Bat on May 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    GOD BLESS KAPIL DEV...HE IS A GENTLEMAN...AND THE 100 MILLION PPL OF INDIA KNOWS THAT...THAT MAKES HIM RICH OF HIS PERSONALITY.

  • cricket4every on May 30, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    i think...all players of 1983 world cup indian squad should hv stood by kapil nd kirti azad. but i think remaining players preferred money than self respect for their team mates. may god give enough self respect to kapil nd kirti. and may god give enough money to remaining players.

  • idolz on May 30, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    I started loving cricket watching the great ones like kapil dev play.Obviously the board has been behind every player who has donned the caps for the nation but treating champions like these show only their utter disregard for the game.The game is not complete without the player and the board can only take backstage with business and admin affairs.The board could have gracefully mentioned and praised him without sharing the IPL profits.One more thing to be noted is that current players dont even have any sort of guts to come out in the open against the officials if they bungled.

  • satish619chandar on May 30, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Yes sir.. What you did is acceptable for sure.. But any form of cricket should have been appealing.. Because, you weree using players who were part of BCCI's cricketing branches and if you use them, you should have got their consent atleast.. Starting a Rebel league is fine and it will get you fans who are against the board but sustaining a league against a board which runs cricket is very tough.. Though the attempt failed, i am proud of you Mr.Kapil Dev for not going back and begging for money or power or respect.. People always respect you for your achievements and it doesn't need felicitation from BCCI or money awards to show off.. YOU ARE A LEGEND!!

  • on May 30, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    I have'nt seen a man so passionate and proud of cricket and the country. He was in tears when he was accused of match fixing (the man who won india the first world cup), he was also in tears filled with happiness when india won their second world cup (which he was not part of). Most cricketers became cricketer inspired by KAPIL DEV. Great Man, A Legend. Disaapointed with the way he is being treated. Always stones are thrown at the fruit that has ripened.

  • VickGower on May 30, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    A characterless organization like bcci will show is true colors in even its grandest gestures. Kapil changed the face of indian cricket by his heroic leadership against zimbabwe in that world cup. The bcci's reaction: to punish him for trying to make an honest living. Shame on you.

  • cricsavvy on May 30, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @apurvgupta1 I think you belong to Gen-Y. No doubt SRT is great. But Kapil and Sunny brought substance to Indian cricket in the first place. Kapil took heaps of wickets in the Indian dirt tracks. How many famous victories he has carved out by himself. Who can forget the famous 175 , victory in MCG, the Madras tied test,etc. He gave the belief that India can have fast bowlers. I think you were not even born and hence you comment like this. Learn to respect a true legend. Kapil - you don't need the money. You will always remain in the heart of "True" cricket fans. The passion you showed while playing ignited the patriotic spirit in every Indian.

  • bharath74 on May 30, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Kapil Paaji Legend forever

  • on May 30, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Somehow, Kapil reminds me a lot of PT Usha. Both extremely hard-working and talented, both giving the country their all ... without much support.

  • Emancipator007 on May 30, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Kapil was the 3rd most naturally talented batsman in the '80s after Richards and Gower His explosive strokeplay was breathtaking and he rarely got beaten defensively. He performed the best as a bat among the Big 4 viz. Imran,Hadlee,Botham, himself against rampaging WI and did well as a bowler too. Captain Gavaskar always lamented that Kapil had not realized even 50% of his batting talent/potential and should have easily scored over 8000 Test runs. His ODI SR was a phenomenal 90 plus in that era! All that is beside the point;he along with Amarnath,Vengsarkar should get their just dues as players who served Indian cricket and not BCCI. However, questions also need to be asked of lead ICL promoter Kapil as to why dues of many players have still not been cleared. Let's understand that Kapil,Tony Greig.More,Madan Lal were not doing charity and were paid massive amounts as main promoters of ICL.

  • Burbon on May 30, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Well Indian fans I feel your pain.We have the same dictatorship here in the Caribbean with the WICB and like your board, its being run by people that never even played beach cricket. I have so much respect for Kapil as I grew up listening to him play on radio(no TV coverage back then in Guyana) and to see the treatment meted out to him after all he's accomplished for his country is nothing short of disgraceful.

  • Chris_P on May 30, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Shameful treatment to one of the true legends of the game. Imminently respected around the cricket world. I would add to my Indian friends that Kapil Dev did great service to global cricket as well as Indian cricket. I hope this gets resolved one day soon.

  • on May 30, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    ICL is gone ...it is history... its never gonna come back .With the IPL doing so well it is highly unlikely that any other parallel league would ever surface.What the hell is the BCCI worried about ? Kapil Dev's contribution to Indian cricket is huge and cannot even be measured.... he was the best Indian cricketer of the last century.Why the hell is he being treated this way ?

  • on May 30, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Kapil Dev means more Indian cricket then anyone and yes that includes Sachin. His avantgarde attitude made cricket the cash cow for the bureacrats of bcci. What Billie Jean King did for Women's Tennis Kapil did for cricket. Couragous as a player, more ourageous as a captain and most courageous as a leader. Kapil you don't need the approval of the medicriticrats. The world knows that you are the best and that is worth evrything

  • on May 30, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Since India won the 1983 World Cup the game is toooooo popular and reached all over India and I salute those HEROES. Its really disgraceful some of those HEROES are being made ZERO. But their hard work to Indian Cricket will always remain where BCCI is benefiting.

  • cric_freak88 on May 29, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    indian cricket what it is today is cos of kapil dev .. a great all-rounder , just when ppl think pcb is a disgrace , i think they have competition in bcci .

  • mukkik on May 29, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    kapil Dev is the best player who played for India, even better than Sachin. Shame on BCCI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! totally unfortunate.

  • Longmemory on May 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Back in his playing days, Kapil was the one Indian cricketer who was truly world class, and today he remains the one Indian ex-cricketer is who is truly world class. Straight shooters like him are worth more than a platoon of Shastris and Gavaskars and all the rest. Look at the deafening silence from our galaxy of cricketing greats. Not one of them has the guts to say "this is not done" to the BCCI and its puerile actions. Back then Kapil was the one with guts, and he remains the one with guts today.

  • frozendilemma on May 29, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    You Rock Kapil...........All the other Yes Men like Shastri and Gavaskar are jokes anyway...

  • azhar1 on May 29, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Next year it will be exactly 30 years since Kapil Dev lead India to an unforgettable World Cup victory. Indian and non-Indian fans still remember that magical moment when the mighty West Indian team was conquered. I am sure that no one will remember the names of these BCCI officials as soon as they are replaced.

  • on May 29, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    who is srinivasan ??? no body knows him.... while kapil u r legend of indian cricket..whether bcci respect u or not... but all indian and i think whole world respect u .. so u earn more than money.. thts respect..........we love u and we ll love u forever regardless bcci recognise ur service to cricket or not

  • on May 29, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Kapil is a Legend of the game of cricket..... the way BCCI has disrespected Kapil is a disgrace.

  • on May 29, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    How cheap of BCCI to show its ego. Its an arm-twisting board and trying to behave like a spoiled kid. May be BCCI should realize that if it had offered the OTB to Kapil and he refused it, they would be 1+. How do they forget that Giving is Magnanimity. Even school kids wouldn't behave like this. They should bring in grace to governance by sorting out ties with people like Kapil and Kirti Azad. And not felicitating the Great like Kapil who is the first Captain to win the World Cup for India is a really pathetic show off how the board operates today.

  • thebrownie on May 29, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Respect! Shastri and Sunnny can learn a thing or two from him.

  • Desihungama on May 29, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    From Pak Cric Supporter. Kapil Dev won the world cup for India whereas Sachin was handed on a platter by his teammates. No offense to India's great victory but India still would have won it irrespective of Sachin. Another one made the point regardless of whether he was associated with ICL, TPL, or whatever L's, he should be honored just as every other member.

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    love u kapil-- from a bangladeshi fan

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 29, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Awesome points ... and very articulate as well. I am disappointed that influenial people like Gavaskar, Shastri, and even SRT, Dhoni, etc. didn't protest this outrage. Kapil Dev has been amongst the most valuable, important and influential cricketers of his time and for BCCI to deny him this acknowledgement and reward is an egregious error. BCCI is an organization built on the contributions of people like Kapil Dev. It is not a Kerry Packer like private company where one investor invested his personal money to promote cricket. That is, it is not the personal money of the officials of BCCI such as N. Srinivasan or Sharad Pawar. What a shame that they can deny someone who has done so much for Indian cricket!

  • Peachjay on May 29, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Simply put Kapil 1; BCCI (minus) -1. Kapil is the one who turned the cricket in India on which current administrators [including the ICC] are sitting on. But for his effoerts India would never have been the billion dollar market that it is now for the game!

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    There is no comparioson for Kapil Dev with any other cricketer in the world forget Indian player. In Indian conditions (cricketing conditions or board's political condition) he has done what players would not do given all the facilities of the world. And yet he is denied his due respect. By the way, the idea of 20-20 was his, ICL was started before IPL was born and IPL is born on the idea of ICL. OK forget that, see the bigger picture, before 1980 no other country considered Indian team better than Sri Lanka or even that. We were D graded team. After the rise of The Star Kapil, the Indian cricket saw all these heights and believed in itself. It is a shame on the BCCI if they cannot acknoledge and give his due respect. Shame Shame Shame. God bless you Kapil Dev.

  • joebee on May 29, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Kapil Dev it is who actually changed the face of Indian Cricket. It is very sad indeed such a great Cricketer who deserves to get double the prize that other Cricketers are getting from BCCI. It's actually Kapil's idea that has been used to form the present IPL.What does the BCCI want Kapil to do in order for him to make himself eligible for his rightful share of the big booty ?

    The great innings of 175 not out against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup is in itself enough that Kapil should be given his due share . This epic innings was actually the turning point for Indian Cricket.

    May I beseech the BCCI to wake up from its slumber and not only rewards Kapil, but also all others like Mohinder Amarnath who have alreday had a benifit earlier. If BCCI shows some magnanimity it will really make us all fans of Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath happy.

  • Vasi-Koosi on May 29, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    The IPL woes its existence to Kapil Dev. If Kapil had not got that cup to India, Cricket would never have become so popular; there would have been no Srinath, Prasad, Zack, Umesh and the list goes on. The BCCI with its huge EGO, has missed the boat. It should apologize to all the fans for this grave blunder. Kapil Da Jawab Nahi!!!

  • noplay on May 29, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Is it really possible for so many big men to sit around a table and make a decision like that? And is there no one who has found favour with the BCCI who will stand up and speak for him? Or will that lose them the bonus as well?

  • Shreyans.B on May 29, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    kapil ji your 100% right. its simple common sense that your a free person since u don't have a contract with any1. so basically that allows you right to speak your views even if it is against the BCCI.

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Kapil Paaji, you are the man!! Well said Sir. BCCI, I believe is digging its own grave and at some point they will have to crawl out of it.

  • Hayat22 on May 29, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Kapil has spoken well. The BCCI cannot be allowed to browbeat dissenting voices, from within and without. This would be detrimental to Indian cricket in particular and global cricket in general, considering the commercial stakes it sits atop.

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    kapil they are enjoying the benifits that u gave them by winning the 83 world cup...that was the first major step towards india's cricket development

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Kapil Your the very best and a Gentlemen, I still support ICL more than IPL, BCCI has copied your concept. Shame on them they don't care your contribution. But i have hope and confidence, even ICL will be an successful league. We will keep our fingers crossed.

    Always hope for the best,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Patience will playoffs

  • Natesan333 on May 29, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Kapilji is THE reason why I love cricket. Let's be honest, as Indians we have a bit of inferiority complex towards foreigners, especially europians, so when I saw him, who looked like he could be my family member, or my neighbore, lifting that cup, I felt so proud, as if i just conquered the world. If you ask people of my generation they will say the same. This man deserves better than this.

  • Sriram_Krishnamurthy on May 29, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    BCCI is degrading itself by not recognizing Kapil Dev... One of the greatest cricketers India has ever produced. It is a shame he is not getting recognized here.

  • nsheth11 on May 29, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Kapil paji is the greatest cricketer India has produced so far. Yes I also rate him above Gavasker, SRT, Dravid, Ganguly, etc. They are all great players but none can beat the great Kapil Dev.

  • shah_of_usa on May 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Respect Kapil, I completely agree with you. You are the true Indian hero.

  • Naren on May 29, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    In terms of playing for the country, he is better than every other cricketer that is out there.

  • Romenevans on May 29, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    BCCI always try humiliate Kapil Dev and its a fact. He was a true legend and will always be. Kapil, Kumble and The Wall forever. Rest all are jokers and always will be.

  • inswing on May 29, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    The BCCI is small-minded to exclude a player like Kapil. It is a rare day when BCCI decides to do something good, like given former players money. Even then, they cannot rise above their petty, vengeful, and domineering attitude.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 29, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    I am NOT answerable to the BCCI.

  • Tausifrahman on May 29, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Kapil is absolutely right , There should not be any disrespect to the ex-players and specially the players like Kapil Dev. No monoply! BCCI cannot take someones right just because they participated in the league which BCCI don't like, Who is BCCI God? :(

  • bvnathan on May 29, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Well said Kapil - "You can't deny that player his due, which he is being given for the services rendered during his playing days". BCCI decision of excluding other players like him, Kirti Azad, Azharuddin etc. IS A GREAT SHAME ... WAKE UP BCCI and GET YOU ACT TOGETHER...

  • apurvgupta1 on May 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Better than SRT? You gotta be kidding me, he was just a decent outswing bowler and a once in a while clicking slogger!

  • Semoli on May 29, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Class!! A very professional outlook. A true leader. My admiration for Kapil has no bounds.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 29, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Kapil was a class all rounder and did a great service to indian cricket.. he should've got the one off payment irrespective of whether he was part of the ICL or not.

  • whyowhy on May 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Well said Kapil, I have always admired you first as a player, captain and an ambassador for Cricket. It is people like you that the board should make use of instead of the boot lickers and bookies who are there only for their own benefit. Money is not everything Kapil, you are a legend and nothing can take this away from you. Money only taints a reputation and be glad that you are above petty politics and filthy lucre. May god bless you.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 29, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    BCCI is super power in cricket, you have to agree with BCCI to get money Kapil dev otherwise they will not give you a single penny.

    I agree with Kapil view but BCCI is too powerful to convince.

  • nasampath on May 29, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Kapil is forthright and outspoken as always.If BCCI could recognize the contribution of the past players in the promotion of cricket which has now culminated into BCCI becoming a super power in cricket to the extant of dictating terms to ICC and othererstwhile dominant boards like Australia and England,it shows its maturity and magnanimity.However its noble service to the past cricketers is certainly marred by the omission of Kapil in particular. It was this individual who was the first to keep aside petty politics in the larger interest of the game, and the first to demonstrate the strength of self belief and confidence.But for the world cup he won, Cricket following in India would not have multiplied so many folds to give the BCCI such a strength.With due credit to the administrators for the insight shown in developing IPL,the seed for IPL was sown by Kapil thro ICL.His honesty and principles I hope will appeal to the BCCI and prudence will prevail.I wish him all the best.

  • BoonBoom on May 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Kapil is 10000% right. What a tragedy that IPL is being considered far above than Kapil Dev who is THE BEST cricketer India ever produced....Yes better than SRT.

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    It's really sad to see such a great cricketer like Kapil being ignored by BCCI. Just by associating him with the ICL which does not exist any longer & saying he has not availed the amnesty given by BCCI is a lame excuse. Why will a player who is not going to get any contract with BCCI will avail its amnesty.

  • Srini88 on May 29, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Its business as usual for BCCI.. which is ruled by politicians and businessmen.. Either be a "YES MAN" or "GET OUT". Someday, there will be transparency and accountability when these politicians are thrown out.

  • RaoVS on May 29, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    It only goes to show the petty mindedness & the autocracy of BCCI. It expects players to be like bonded labor constantly living in fear of offending the master. If the payment was a one time compliment for the services rendered when paying cricket under the umbrella of BCCI/ICC, they why the discrimination. After all, as Kapil rightly points out, a retired player not in service of BCCI anymore is free to pursue his career anyway he/she wants. ICC & Cricket Boards in every country are becoming more and more monopolistic controlling the lives of players everywhere, making them dance to their tunes or else suffer their wrath. Take PCB, WICB etc. Its high time BCCI is not a pvt org anymore and Govt should step in. After all its a matter of national pride. When team India plays is it viewed as a PVt club playing a match? Time to ensure that BCCI is made a Govt body. Same across all other countries as well.

  • PratUSA on May 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    BCCI is made up of MPs and ministers anyway so they don't need cricketers in the parliament. They don't need a players association either. They don't need RTI or accountability also. BCCI has done some great things over the decades no doubt, at times supported their players to the extreme (2007-08 tour down under for one example) but the same organization twists arms and legs as needed to gets its way. So Kapil is right but 'right' and 'BCCI' are occasional friends at best.

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    BCCI has become the Ursula of our times. Sad.

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Unfair to exclude Kapil Paaji from pension even if he was involved with ICL.India's best fast bowler,allrounder and captain of WC 1983 win.

  • PNikhilReddy on May 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    In one Kapil Dev is Right.

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Well said kapil Dev, your comments are valued by persons who love the great game of cricket. If the BCCI feels it wants recognise persons only in their domain and eject persons who promoted the game then BCCI seriously needs to evaluate its policy of honouring sporting heroes who served the game with a vision that has brought fame not only the the country, but worldwide appreciation. The world knows your contribution to the game and it speaks for itself. Your our hero!!!!

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  • on May 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Well said kapil Dev, your comments are valued by persons who love the great game of cricket. If the BCCI feels it wants recognise persons only in their domain and eject persons who promoted the game then BCCI seriously needs to evaluate its policy of honouring sporting heroes who served the game with a vision that has brought fame not only the the country, but worldwide appreciation. The world knows your contribution to the game and it speaks for itself. Your our hero!!!!

  • PNikhilReddy on May 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    In one Kapil Dev is Right.

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Unfair to exclude Kapil Paaji from pension even if he was involved with ICL.India's best fast bowler,allrounder and captain of WC 1983 win.

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    BCCI has become the Ursula of our times. Sad.

  • PratUSA on May 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    BCCI is made up of MPs and ministers anyway so they don't need cricketers in the parliament. They don't need a players association either. They don't need RTI or accountability also. BCCI has done some great things over the decades no doubt, at times supported their players to the extreme (2007-08 tour down under for one example) but the same organization twists arms and legs as needed to gets its way. So Kapil is right but 'right' and 'BCCI' are occasional friends at best.

  • RaoVS on May 29, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    It only goes to show the petty mindedness & the autocracy of BCCI. It expects players to be like bonded labor constantly living in fear of offending the master. If the payment was a one time compliment for the services rendered when paying cricket under the umbrella of BCCI/ICC, they why the discrimination. After all, as Kapil rightly points out, a retired player not in service of BCCI anymore is free to pursue his career anyway he/she wants. ICC & Cricket Boards in every country are becoming more and more monopolistic controlling the lives of players everywhere, making them dance to their tunes or else suffer their wrath. Take PCB, WICB etc. Its high time BCCI is not a pvt org anymore and Govt should step in. After all its a matter of national pride. When team India plays is it viewed as a PVt club playing a match? Time to ensure that BCCI is made a Govt body. Same across all other countries as well.

  • Srini88 on May 29, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Its business as usual for BCCI.. which is ruled by politicians and businessmen.. Either be a "YES MAN" or "GET OUT". Someday, there will be transparency and accountability when these politicians are thrown out.

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    It's really sad to see such a great cricketer like Kapil being ignored by BCCI. Just by associating him with the ICL which does not exist any longer & saying he has not availed the amnesty given by BCCI is a lame excuse. Why will a player who is not going to get any contract with BCCI will avail its amnesty.

  • BoonBoom on May 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Kapil is 10000% right. What a tragedy that IPL is being considered far above than Kapil Dev who is THE BEST cricketer India ever produced....Yes better than SRT.

  • nasampath on May 29, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Kapil is forthright and outspoken as always.If BCCI could recognize the contribution of the past players in the promotion of cricket which has now culminated into BCCI becoming a super power in cricket to the extant of dictating terms to ICC and othererstwhile dominant boards like Australia and England,it shows its maturity and magnanimity.However its noble service to the past cricketers is certainly marred by the omission of Kapil in particular. It was this individual who was the first to keep aside petty politics in the larger interest of the game, and the first to demonstrate the strength of self belief and confidence.But for the world cup he won, Cricket following in India would not have multiplied so many folds to give the BCCI such a strength.With due credit to the administrators for the insight shown in developing IPL,the seed for IPL was sown by Kapil thro ICL.His honesty and principles I hope will appeal to the BCCI and prudence will prevail.I wish him all the best.