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Kapil not eligible for one-time benefit - Shukla

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May 31, 2012

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Kapil Dev after being inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, Dubai, March 9, 2010
Kapil Dev will only be considered for the one-time benefit if he takes the board's amnesty offer, Rajiv Shukla has said © ICC

Rajiv Shukla, the IPL chairman, has confirmed that Kapil Dev is not eligible for the BCCI's one-time benefit to former cricketers because he had not accepted the amnesty offered by the board in April 2009 for players and officials involved in the now defunct ICL. Shukla said that while the BCCI was "not against" Kapil, this "technical issue" was behind his exclusion from the one-time benefit.

Kapil, India's World Cup winning captain in 1983, would have been entitled to a fee of Rs. 1.5 crores (US$280,000 approx).

The BCCI, for its part, is yet to publish a full list of cricketers receiving the benefit, drawn out of the profits from the IPL playoffs.

"As far as Kapil Dev is concerned, the BCCI is not against him," Shukla told PTI. "We have not got anything against Kapil but there is a technical issue. He has not accepted the amnesty proposal (by the BCCI). Technically, he is out of this benefit ambit."

Kapil, in an article in the Hindustan Times, had said not all cricketers are answerable to the board, adding "you can't deny that player his due, which he is being given for the services rendered during his playing days." Shukla, however, said that if Kapil accepted the amnesty, he would be considered for the benefit. "It's a hypothetical question. If he gives it, the BCCI working committee will definitely consider it."

Among the other cricketers not receiving the benefit are Mohinder Amarnath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Viswanath and Syed Kirmani, as they'd already been allotted benefit matches in the past. "Those who have been already alloted benefit matches, they cannot be part of this scheme. They cannot be given the same advantage again," Shukla said.

"The reason behind giving the one-time benefit to players was that not many players were able to hold their benefit matches. Firstly, it's a cumbersome job to organise a match nowadays. No team is free to be available for the benefit matches.

"It was a very important decision as far as the BCCI is concerned. Roughly Rs 90-100 crore is being distributed to players and their families. Players were happy because they never thought that something like that would happen to them."

The board, Shukla said, has been criticised unfairly. "No sports organisation in the world has done it before. We are also giving pensions to our players. We feel upset when we come to know that unnecessary controversy has been created despite doing so much for the former players. In place of appreciating this gesture, they have been criticising us.

"People are not looking at the positive aspect and are only seeing the negative aspect. They are after the BCCI. Instead of helping the BCCI, you want to kill the organisation."

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Posted by indianpunter on (June 2, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@dravid_gravitas, for once, i concur ! these shameless chaps in the bcci run it like their personal fiefdom.

Posted by DEV_ME on (June 2, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

"It's a hypothetical question. If he gives it, the BCCI working committee will definitely consider it." - says Rajiv Shukla - calling it a technical glitch. And we the supposed to be fans of the game are taking it quitely. Its not about money, but about BCCI not ready to acknowledge Kapils contribution to the game and to India !!! We spend more time talking about Sauravs celebration or Sachins hairstyle .. Why forget the man who actually made the world sit up and take notice of us ? It was his 175 runs,backward running catch, belief in his devils, and remarkable war leadership that got India its ONLY world cup, I do not consider a T20 world cup as one, and the ODI cup by Dhoni and boys was clearly not in the same league as the '83 - for factors best not discussed. Mr Shukla, we do understand the tech. glitch, its called EGO and High handedness

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Rajiv Shukla Jee you will be forgotten but Kapil jee will never be forgotten as he has given the pride and glory to India and what will be remembered fir nothing, whta do you think that kapil jee Need that money he has more then what BCCI can give. KApil Jee you are great God Bless you.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

And who makes the decision? Rajiv Shukla... Can he even find the right way to hold a bat or ball in his life-time. BCCI has become their private turf. Shame on India to ignore Kapil... (We have a body that acts not for India but for their pals, like a private club)...

Posted by VivTheKing on (June 1, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

@jazz, why should kapil apologize to the BCCI for being associated with the ICL. It is BCCI which needs to apologize to the public for treating a sportsman like Kapil lke this

Posted by manish.patankar on (June 1, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

kapil dev has always been in favor of cricket and that was the only reason he came ahead and supported ICL.he brought that winning spirit in indian cricket. sm egoistic people of BCCI, who ha never played evn a single game of with the power of money they are doing injustice to our 83WC hero. but at the same time they hav forgotten that the money of IPL and BCCI is generated through people only. today we see the telecast on tv or buy tickets and go to the stadium. I dnt want to waste my time arguing here, that will be utter useless. instead i would request each and every1 here, to come ahead and initiate with a fund which will further go to mr.kapil dev as a 1 time benefit. please dnt misunderstand me here, i dnt underestimate his financial status. this will be just a token of honor and appreciation from us to him for serving our country for many years and making us feel proud. and if he does not agree to accept it,he can donate the funds to an NGO or a cricket org.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

How many articles on this matter? The whole world already knew it is because of ICL, Kapil didn't get it.. Even Kapil admitted it and doesn't expect anything from BCCI.. Got too much of attention already.. Yes Kapil won the WC and started the interest in cricket.. But BCCI is the one who sent Kapil for that WC to represent their team and are maintaining the status of the game high in the nation even after nearly 30 years.. As Kapil deserves the respect, BCCI too deserves respect for keeping the sport alive in most of the cricketing nations.. None gives it to BCCI but expects everything from BCCI.. How arrogant..

Posted by VivTheKing on (June 1, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

1.5 crores should be nothing for kapil but why are these ex- & present cricketers always keep mum on any issues pertaining to the BCCI.

Posted by joseyesu on (June 1, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

An ousider saying that Kapil does not deserve, can he give back the WC83, as that he has not agreed to whatsoever. The one time benefit instead of claiming laurels, it is getting criticism as rightly.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

@bgshankar The BCCI wants Kapil to apologise and they will pardon him for his mistake. Why a guy like Kapil should accept this. Who is Shukla to ask for a apology from Kapil

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

I agree with Shukla here, Kapil did not respect BCCI by forming ICL so why should BCCI respect Kapil here. You should be accountable for what you do. Everyone respect Mr.Kapil for his contribution to Indian Cricket but this seems fair. I am sure BCCI will readily accept Kapil if he talks with BCCI and resolve the issue

Posted by dawn_adithya_prakash on (June 1, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Bottom Line is "Kapil Dev" to most is second to only Sachin in India. I dont see any other coming close as of now... Technical or no Technical reason... BCCI can surely do something about it only "IF" they wanted too!!! BCCI has done lots for cricket in INDIA... but there is no excuse for this :-)

Posted by bharath74 on (June 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

The captain who won the first world cup for India deserves respect. The sad thing is the guys who cannot hold the bat properly are running BCCI. Kapil paaji deserves utmost respect.

Posted by Sameer-hbk on (June 1, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Rajiv who?????? Enough said.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

I am boycotting all cricket run by BCCI until they change their stance.

Posted by OzWally on (May 31, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

The small-mindedness of the BCCI never ceases to amaze, but I think this time they have hit an all-time low. What would you like Mr. Dev to do Mr.Shukla? Have him get on bended knee and say "pretty please"? And what's next, ten years from now no benefit for SRT because he kept the board waiting too long for his 100th 100?

Posted by wiseshah on (May 31, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

without kapil, india wouldnt dream about winning world cup, shame on BCCI and IPL

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (May 31, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

I am not sure what the terms of the "amnesty agreement" that relate to Kapil are and the details on the following link seemed to apply only to "playing" cricketers which Kapil is not.

I think Rajiv Shukla and the other people in the board who thought of this scheme should be applauded for their idea and the recognition to the ex-cricketers. Its really exemplary of them to do so. It would be nice if they were inclusive for Azad/Kapil for this and even make it fair to the ex-cricketers who had benefit matches. Maybe they can find out details on how much money those cricketers got for the benefit matches, apply a standard interest rate and see how much money that is today and then give them the difference between what they got and should have got from the current scheme.

My request is for Kapil/Kirti and the BCCI to constructively work this out. I am sure there is some acceptable middle ground.

Posted by biju on (May 31, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

The popularity of cricket in India now is just because of the 1983 world cup win and the heroics of Kapil Dev & co .Now people like Gavaskar etc are enjoying the benefits of that while Kapil Dev is subsided.It is pity to see that sincere people are sidelined in India in sports & politics.

Posted by bgshankar on (May 31, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

I see an ego from both parties. Both BCCI and Kapil; please come out of it for the sake of Cricket. Kapil, please have a big heart, ignore the past, please join BCCI and take an active role in Indian cricket. It's a pain to see you left behind.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (May 31, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

this shukal guy and all his bcci disciples should be tried appropriately and stripped off theirl holds in all cricket matters in india; this should be taken seriously by the indian people, and that's the solution of this mess they created.

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (May 31, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Another set of small brains, just when you thought you'd see the last set in WICB. BCCI and IPL do not disappoint in this department.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 31, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Shukla, aren't you ashamed to say that a minor technicality is coming in the way to acknowledge the great man who singlehandedly stood like a God between India's WC 1983 and Zimbabwe, the greatest rearguard act in the history of ODI Cricket? What a pathetic bunch of thankless people we have in BCCI? As an Indian, I'm ashamed of BCCI.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

i dont know day. realy these politics and personal grudges each spoil the whoe taste of the game. keep all issue and settle everything for once and all.

Posted by AnotherCricketFan on (May 31, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Name one bowler who held the record for the highest wicket taker. Others may have passed him but NEVER held that record. Kumble has 600+ but Kapil held the record. He was the team that took the mighty West Indies out - not a lame SriLanka in a Indian-batting friendly strip. It was in an alien place - where WI then shred teams with their bowling and incredible batting.

If one compares the 1983 vs 2011 victory 1983 rules in many fronts. No Viv Richards, No fearsome fast bowling on a track that aids them. All you had a Malinga - one trick (though very good at that) pony. A slow pitch, home pitch AGAINST a meek Sri Lanka.

And the country (BCCI) refuses to acknowledge that and considers itself higher than the star - the one man who inspired the team, his incredible catch .

In short, BCCI is arrogant - and surprisingly there is no other cricketer speaking out. Probably 1.5 Cr is peanuts to Kapil but the insult is NOT.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Shukla and the BCCI don't understand why they are being criticized? Lets provide a synopsis: the guy who took Indian cricket to unprecedented heights, the lynchpin for a billion plus people and their hopes for more than a decade, the player who's in the cricket hall of fame, the individual revered by a nation, the hero of India's greatest sports achievement who single-handedly willed, in what some consider the greatest ODI innings of all time, India past Zimbabwe in the '83 WC is being overlooked because of a "technicality"? We are mad because a governing body like the BCCI is suppose to represent the will of its constituents, and we LOVE Kapil, the politicians of the BCCI might not but Kapil is the masses; we love and appreciate him for fulfilling our dreams, for providing a fighting spirit to a nation and not only a team. Listen to the people and look beyond a "technicality" BCCI.

Posted by venkat82p on (May 31, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

This is really unfair ...kapil won a world cup during his time and then he started ICL..only after ICL ...BCCI started to feel the competetion and they started to give chance to the talented player kapil has helped indirectly to indian team..a poor soul who won the worldcup for india is struggling..

Posted by anuradea on (May 31, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

As one of the greatest all rounders world has seen, I see Kapil is a great person as well with principals and would not give in for profit. All these people would have worshiped him, when he was wining games for india all by himself and how fast people forget. Kapil is absolutly correct in saying that this benefit is given for the services rendered to indian cricket (and what service that was by Kapil) irrespective of what happened later on. There had been and will be only ONE Kapil India can boast of as we can see how they are still struggling to even get a regular all rounder who can hold the place in the indian team for a period of time. And how about the other greats who are deprived. What service they provided for such small salaries those days for India. Can this amount be even compared to the sum they got from the previous benefit. This is a bad example for the youngsters which will demoralize them knowing the treatment they will get would be similar once they stop playing.

Posted by deepakdr on (May 31, 2012, 18:11 GMT)


Posted by getsetgopk on (May 31, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

This Shukla guy is a real piece of work, this money that he's talking as if this money is coming straight from his pocket and is giving it as charity work, its not, its Indian public's money, your just doing your job and clearly your not good at it when you dont see Kapil Dev worthy of benefit the only Indian fast bowler that brought Indian cricket lots of admiration from both in and outside india.

Posted by hulk777 on (May 31, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Guys, Please mind your words, because of Rajiv Shukla we won the word cup. He only brought in the IPL idea, he cant look over this technical issue. Only problem he does not know how to hold a cricket bat

Posted by ElPhenomeno on (May 31, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Technical issues didn't seem to bother BCCI when 'ol Srini wanted to own a IPL franchise.

Posted by PPD123 on (May 31, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Unacceptable reasons. BCCI wants Kapil to fall at their feet and beg apology. Totally unfair and uncalled for treatment of such a great sportsman who unselfishly gave 20 years of his life to the game and our country and performed at the highest level and made us all proud.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Is this how IPL treats former cricketers who brought glory and fame to the country and the game. Kapil Dev who has been Icon for the game does not deserve this type of behaviour from neither BCCI nor IPL just because he promoting cricket without fear or favour.

Posted by bonaku on (May 31, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

What a shame, BCCI dont know what they say. They should put aside these petty politics and give respect to the people who deserves it.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Excellenty decision and it will benefit players and their families financially. Well Done BCCI.

Posted by vaidyar on (May 31, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

It's so easy to gloss over technical issues when an IPL team wants to play 5 overseas players, eh? Easier still to park a plane when a misbehaving player is pulled up. But no, someone who played and served the game and board and won you a world cup can't get his due because of a 'technical issue' aka toeing your line. Kowtow, keel and beg and we'll bless you. Your 434 wickets, WC victory, all those 5K runs don't matter. Those happened with different Gods.

Posted by danish30 on (May 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

As a world Cup winning captain and as a Player of India, he is eligible for everything......BCCI is just showing their powers. But time always changes for good...they would have to accept their mistake one day

Posted by imrandumis58 on (May 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

no, we don't believe that

Posted by mukkik on (May 31, 2012, 16:24 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Then why was Kirti Azad left out? under which category have they excluded him?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Give to those in struggle..

Posted by PratUSA on (May 31, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

One thing Rajiv Shulka is forgetting that Indian constitution is based on the principal that even if 100 culprits go free, no innocent should be punished. People have agreed that it's a great gesture by BCCI to honor past cricketers but to leave the greatest of them all for a nonsensical reason is unpardonable. Why shouldn't people focus on that? Regarding so called technicality, if BCCI can change the rules to allow Mr. Srinivasan to own an IPL franchise, how difficult is it to overcome this excuse Mr. Shukla is making?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Hail BCCI for insulting a player like Kapil Dev. I don't know what BCCI thinks of themselves and what made them humiliate Kapil. If they don't know how to respect others, they should not disrespect.

Posted by shivdiraa on (May 31, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

shame on bcci,neglecting such a great cricketer

Posted by NazimIsmail on (May 31, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

ICL is finished and it was meant to give entertainment and promotion of the game, although it was done by zee tv to compensate the loss of the contract with BCCI. So BCCI should have gone against the organisers and not the cricketers involved. I request BCCI to give amnesty to the player of Kapil Dev Stature and give him his money due.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Amazing how we treat our own country men !!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

What a Shame on BCCI !!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Rajiv Shukla - while we do appreciate the gesture towards former players (and their widows) - it's the manner of your operation which leaves a bitter taste. The amount of money BCCI makes, and how a lot of it is spent, is no secret. Neither is it a grudge, purely from business standpoint you guys have done exceedingly well to build the financial epicenter around India. But when you declare some benefits - it needs to be uniform. This man in question - has been perhaps the greatest player ever to don India colors. While that doesn't make him above law, your laws itself are more "flaws" than else. The high ground you're mouthing your platitudes from, was actually built on the sweat and toil of guys like Kapil. His WC win, ad films, and ICL - each built a platform for commercial interests in cricket, and gave you a model for club cricket you're milking. The 'amnesty' b.s. you shell out, bootlicking up to your politics ridden bosses - Kapil has deserved and earned far more than that.

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