India news July 25, 2012

Kapil Dev returns to BCCI fold

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Kapil Dev, the former India captain, has cut off his association with the unofficial Indian Cricket League, which is now defunct, opening the door to work again with the BCCI. He also stands to be awarded his benefit of Rs 1.5 crore ($270,000) and possibly his pension arrears.

"Mr Kapil Dev has informed the Board that he has resigned from the Essel Sports Private Limited/ICL," the BCCI said. "He has also stated in the letter that he has always supported the BCCI, and will continue to do so in the future.

"The BCCI acknowledges Mr Kapil Dev's immense contribution to Indian cricket, and looks forward to a fruitful association with him in the years to come."

Kapil spoke briefly to reporters after the meeting. "The BCCI is like a parent and we are like its children. I have contributed to the welfare of cricket and cricketers during my earlier association [with the BCCI] and aim to do so even now."

Speaking to the BCCI's website, Kapil was all praise for the Indian board and its president, N Srinivasan. "There can be misunderstandings at times, but as part of Indian cricket, I've always had respect for the organisation more than the individuals [that form it]. I love my cricket board and I'm so happy to be back here. I'm proud to be part of one of the biggest sporting organisations in the world.

"He [Srinivasan] is a wonderful administrator and has shown his worth. I was so delighted to hear from him. He's a man with endless passion for Indian cricket and that's what I admire the most about him. There are people who are only interested in name and fame, but few work sincerely for 25 to 30 years for the betterment of the game."

This ends a long and bitter battle between the board and Kapil, which began with the birth of the ICL in 2007 in the aftermath of India's disastrous World Cup campaign in the West Indies. The ICL, promoted by the Zee group, pre-empted the BCCI's own IPL and was promptly declared unofficial, its players barred from all forms of the game in India and eventually globally. Kapil himself was sacked as chairman of the National Cricket Academy and there followed a series of events, court cases and failed negotiations that led to the ICL's closure; the league's last competitive match was in November 2008.

Kapil spent the next five years on the margins of the game as a television talking head and a newspaper columnist, his relationship with the official side of Indian cricket remaining rocky. However, he held centrestage at the official silver jubilee celebration of India's 1983 World Cup win and, two years later, was inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame.

In April 2008 the BCCI announced an amnesty scheme for all involved with the ICL, with a May 31 deadline to cut off all ties with the rebel league. On June 2 it announced an amnesty for 79 players, 11 former players and 11 officials. Kapil Dev was not on that list but his rehabilitation has now been completed.

The BCCI will tick July 2012 off as a month of restoration: first came the Indo-Pak cricket ties, then Kiran More was returned to the fold, and on Wednesday, it was time for reconciliation with the biggest fish of them all, Kapil Dev. A five-year cold war over the ICL has ended in a warm embrace of cordiality and bonhomie. The BCCI has kindly recognised Kapil's "immense" contribution to Indian cricket and Kapil has called the BCCI his "parent". Behind all this are two simple truths: one, that the BCCI's financial clout is very hard to resist, and two, fighting words from Kapil Dev are to be taken as seriously as crackpot news television. This is the same cricketer who had threatened to go on a hunger strike if the ICL's younger players were ignored by the BCCI.

The BCCI's first response to Kapil joining the ICL was to sack him as head of the National Cricket Academy and cut off his monthly pension. Devastating for a cricketer of small means, much less so to someone with Kapil's hefty financial earnings. Then the BCCI tried to snub him by not inviting him to a few functions and, as he was India's only World Cup-winning captain until 2011, that only made them look small. The master move came two months ago when the BCCI announced one-time benefits to former cricketers; Kapil was omitted, losing about Rs 1.5 crore ($270,000 approx). The BCCI's pound of flesh was in the form of written assurances of loyalty from former players who have had sterling careers for India. In an angry newspaper column, Kapil, though, drew himself up to his impressive height and said: "Not all cricketers are answerable to the board." On Wednesday, he put himself in the category of cricketers who are affordable.
Sharda Ugra

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  • on July 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    very very heartening news,what Sunil Gavaskar is to BCCI,the same is true for Kapil Dev. I have memories of his while career from the very first bowl that he bowled. A big hearted fellow, magnanimous. Watch his outswingers, you cannot compare with anyone in the world. Infact, he will revive the skill of bowling outswingers, somethinh which I have not seen in the likes of McGrath and in the current day Dale Sten or even the pigeon Anderson.Welcome. GIVE BACK PAAJI WHAT YOU CAN TO INDIA.

  • on July 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    We don't need washim Akram, Waqar younis, Alen Donald, etc., to lead Indian bowling coach coz those guy where learned from Kapil. Indian cricket missed him a lots coz of stupid things...If u missed him now u can't get him again....As a captain & a player he is the one I respect more than Dhoni & Dadha....I'm sure even after 20 years he'll won same no of fans rather than the present cricketers...sorry for Dhoni, Sachi, Ganguly & others... He is the only bowler produced from India you can compare him with other legends like Wasim ,Ambrose, Donald,etc.,(not with speed with quality) I'm not even born when we he bought Worldcup for India but I ve seen his game a lot in youtube. Simply I say, I love him lot than any-other cricketer...:-) Once again Indian cricket missed him lot...we need him back

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on July 28, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Amidst all this all are forgetting the genuine efforts made by the BCCI president N Srinivasan and Sunil Gacaskar (Behind the scene) to work out a compromise. Kapil Dev is invaluable to Indian Cricket and BCCI truly recognised that. Even the letter content is such that it did not affect the ego of Kapil Dev or devalue him, and at the same time BCCI position as head of Cricket in India not compromised. An excellent move. Congrats to all the Indians & Special congrats to N Srinivasan for getting back future BCCI president

  • niddib on July 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I would not blame Kapil Dev for making a U-turn. May be he has a better plan of helping Indian cricket by making this decision rather than sitting on the sidelines and not able to contribute to the nation. I won't be surprised if he will in time bring transparency and some respect to BCCI. Knowing Kapil for all these years, I am sure he must have thought about running his own cricket academy or coaching players some way or the other, but given BCCI's attitude it would only harm the players who would have joined his academy. It was a no win situation for him. A cricketer of his calibe, heart and fearless attitude can not sit out all his life without making a contribution to his nation and cricket. People can make a big deal about the money involved because that is all they can think of. Only time will tell. WELCOME BACK PAAJI! YOU ARE OUR HERO.

  • the_enlightened on July 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    one of the few players who have always put country first before personal gains.....during his playing days and even now.

    WELCOME PAAJI..!!!

  • srini1976 on July 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    BCCI should actual thank Kapil and Zee TV for giving this wonderful concept of ICL with which IPL had been created..

    By the way want to ask a one question ? Is because of our Players we were able to reach No 1 spot in Test cricket or Is it because of Gary kristen we were able to reach ?!?!? Gary is progressing fast in take the team which he is coaching to spot which he wants his team to be !!! Great work Garry !

  • ooper_cut on July 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Amnesty is a loosely coined word by BCCI. Amnesty is granted for convicts. Joining a private cricket league is not a crime in any book. Almost all the best players(I am talking THE BEST) in the world joined several private leagues in search of money. Banning an organisation or the people in that origanisation and then taking them back is not amnesty, just lifting the BAN. Kapil was a true Indian in every way, he wears his heart on his sleeve which is why he gets emotional at times. IMO, he cannot be a coach, may be a mentor. He is not a good coach or manager. He can be used to identify young talents around the country and mentor them. Munaf, RP and the gang cannot be improved even by GOD. We need fresh talented bowlers now.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on July 26, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Kapil paaji thanks a lot for making peace with BCCI. I believe now BCCI should bring paaji as a consultant to Indian Team keeping eyes on worlt20. According to me he is the best candidate to train Irfan, Yusuf, Jadeja, Ashwin as allrounders to fill paaji's slot which he left decades back :).

  • 777aditya on July 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    This guy deserves every single accolade there is on offer. Kapil is a living legend in Indian cricket and should contribute further by coaching Indian bowlers - please Kapil, we need your experience like never ever before!

  • on July 26, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    good news for indian cricket. whatever it is , the problem is solved.

  • on July 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    very very heartening news,what Sunil Gavaskar is to BCCI,the same is true for Kapil Dev. I have memories of his while career from the very first bowl that he bowled. A big hearted fellow, magnanimous. Watch his outswingers, you cannot compare with anyone in the world. Infact, he will revive the skill of bowling outswingers, somethinh which I have not seen in the likes of McGrath and in the current day Dale Sten or even the pigeon Anderson.Welcome. GIVE BACK PAAJI WHAT YOU CAN TO INDIA.

  • on July 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    We don't need washim Akram, Waqar younis, Alen Donald, etc., to lead Indian bowling coach coz those guy where learned from Kapil. Indian cricket missed him a lots coz of stupid things...If u missed him now u can't get him again....As a captain & a player he is the one I respect more than Dhoni & Dadha....I'm sure even after 20 years he'll won same no of fans rather than the present cricketers...sorry for Dhoni, Sachi, Ganguly & others... He is the only bowler produced from India you can compare him with other legends like Wasim ,Ambrose, Donald,etc.,(not with speed with quality) I'm not even born when we he bought Worldcup for India but I ve seen his game a lot in youtube. Simply I say, I love him lot than any-other cricketer...:-) Once again Indian cricket missed him lot...we need him back

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on July 28, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Amidst all this all are forgetting the genuine efforts made by the BCCI president N Srinivasan and Sunil Gacaskar (Behind the scene) to work out a compromise. Kapil Dev is invaluable to Indian Cricket and BCCI truly recognised that. Even the letter content is such that it did not affect the ego of Kapil Dev or devalue him, and at the same time BCCI position as head of Cricket in India not compromised. An excellent move. Congrats to all the Indians & Special congrats to N Srinivasan for getting back future BCCI president

  • niddib on July 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I would not blame Kapil Dev for making a U-turn. May be he has a better plan of helping Indian cricket by making this decision rather than sitting on the sidelines and not able to contribute to the nation. I won't be surprised if he will in time bring transparency and some respect to BCCI. Knowing Kapil for all these years, I am sure he must have thought about running his own cricket academy or coaching players some way or the other, but given BCCI's attitude it would only harm the players who would have joined his academy. It was a no win situation for him. A cricketer of his calibe, heart and fearless attitude can not sit out all his life without making a contribution to his nation and cricket. People can make a big deal about the money involved because that is all they can think of. Only time will tell. WELCOME BACK PAAJI! YOU ARE OUR HERO.

  • the_enlightened on July 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    one of the few players who have always put country first before personal gains.....during his playing days and even now.

    WELCOME PAAJI..!!!

  • srini1976 on July 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    BCCI should actual thank Kapil and Zee TV for giving this wonderful concept of ICL with which IPL had been created..

    By the way want to ask a one question ? Is because of our Players we were able to reach No 1 spot in Test cricket or Is it because of Gary kristen we were able to reach ?!?!? Gary is progressing fast in take the team which he is coaching to spot which he wants his team to be !!! Great work Garry !

  • ooper_cut on July 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Amnesty is a loosely coined word by BCCI. Amnesty is granted for convicts. Joining a private cricket league is not a crime in any book. Almost all the best players(I am talking THE BEST) in the world joined several private leagues in search of money. Banning an organisation or the people in that origanisation and then taking them back is not amnesty, just lifting the BAN. Kapil was a true Indian in every way, he wears his heart on his sleeve which is why he gets emotional at times. IMO, he cannot be a coach, may be a mentor. He is not a good coach or manager. He can be used to identify young talents around the country and mentor them. Munaf, RP and the gang cannot be improved even by GOD. We need fresh talented bowlers now.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on July 26, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Kapil paaji thanks a lot for making peace with BCCI. I believe now BCCI should bring paaji as a consultant to Indian Team keeping eyes on worlt20. According to me he is the best candidate to train Irfan, Yusuf, Jadeja, Ashwin as allrounders to fill paaji's slot which he left decades back :).

  • 777aditya on July 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    This guy deserves every single accolade there is on offer. Kapil is a living legend in Indian cricket and should contribute further by coaching Indian bowlers - please Kapil, we need your experience like never ever before!

  • on July 26, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    good news for indian cricket. whatever it is , the problem is solved.

  • sarathy_m2 on July 26, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Happy that the things are settled.

  • Fazle_Rabbee on July 26, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, I am truly delighted for the ending of the war against Legend Kapil and BCCI. In my eyes, Kapil paaji is a brilliant guy and its great to have a player like him in any team. Thanks to BCCI and all the best to Kapil Dev.

  • Alexk400 on July 26, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    ONLY cricket ATHLETE india ever had...in past 100 years.

  • vish57 on July 26, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    BCCI and Kapil were decent to ensure the return of Kapil to main stream; it is a history that the T20 concept was from ICL but wisely copied by BCCI through IPL. Kapil is a legend in the Indian Cricket stands tall among the best. Let the Indian Cricket get benefited from Kapil. I have followed Kapil right from his Faislabad Test debut till his retirement, he is an unparallel dedicated and committed playe, the one other player to match him is obviously Rahul Dravid. These 2 are Proud of Indian Cricket with out taking away the contribution of Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Kumble.

  • on July 26, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Till date no other bowler can come clost to kapil we need coach (bowling) like him make him as as bowling coach of indian team. Know a days our bowling team consider as as weakest attack, give our team a menter like kapil and give an another kapil devils.

  • veerakannadiga on July 26, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    what ever the reason, it is very good news that Kapil has made peace with BCCI. Now that he has joined the mainstream, he can help to resurrect the Indian Cricket Team.Wish him, as always, all the best. He is the second best Indian Cricketer, after G.R.Vishwanath, ever. AMEN.

  • ismailjafar on July 26, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Well, there is nothing wrong in Kapil's part. It is his money and he deserves it.

  • bigdhonifan on July 25, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    According to the ICC cricket ratings for all-rounders in ODI cricket, Kapil's peak rating of 631 is the highest rating ever achieved. He reached this mark on 22 March 1985 after a World Series final against Pakistan in Australia. Kapil is the only player to have achieved the all-rounder's double of 4,000 Test runs and 400 Test wickets. LEGEND

  • on July 25, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Money moves mountains, doesn't it?

  • on July 25, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Goes to prove the old adage: "If you can't beat them, join them."

  • jsnaurvi on July 25, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    @ praveen4honestremark ... Well Said... its true.

  • Nadeem1976 on July 25, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    great decision by Kapil, you cannot go against the wealthiest and powerful board in the world for long. I think it's good for indian cricket future too because Kapil always helped indian cricket in past

  • sathish008 on July 25, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Well said Mohan Kumar. This is right move by Kapil.

  • on July 25, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Kapil has been very strong all these days. He lost a lot. Has been alone for a lot of time. Excluded. That's not a normal thing to do. But then, all this for what? It does good to nobody. Not even the ICL is still running, so that he can fight the players playing in that league. Absolutely no use to fight just for the sake of fighting. Kapil did the right thing by joining the BCCI. Here his experience can really help many youngsters in India. And BCCI is not fool enough to refuse him. :)

  • guynextdoor on July 25, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Kapil was truly an inspiration for many....used to be sachin of yester years..if not for the batting talent but atleast for the passion/commitment towards the game...

    People do commit mistakes and it was just unfortunate that got sucked in to ICL...I still strongly feel, it is only coz of the ICL, we now have the IPL. BCCI would never have launched IPL if the rebel league wasnt formed.

    Hope now, they do not play around kapil. He has now earned his respect. It really is up to him to keep it up. He shldnt be sucked in to any of the lucrative BCCI offerings in Haste.

  • on July 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    KAPIL DEV S decision ,of course a kind of surrender ,is wise & pragmatic.No single men however great he may be can not, fight against an institution.While few of his contemporary making a huge fortune by toeing BCCI line , why should Kapil be deprived of his legitimate dues , after all He is the best Indian cricketer of the Century .

  • couchpundit on July 25, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @SPotnis - I am sure you would have respected Tony greig

  • krv954 on July 25, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    nobody has any right to judge kapil or say stuff like what he did was wrong. he did what he thought was in his best interests. it is his personal decision and he had every right to do what he did.

  • on July 25, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Hmmm. Kapil lost against BCCI...not really....BCCI still have internal ethics and hence it leads strong but to beat the system you have to be in the system...

  • mumbaiguy79 on July 25, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Come on kapil, you are better than that!

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    SPotnis - lol.. wat would u do if u wer getting 1.5 crore n a future with bcci..would u refuse n still fight for a lost cause ..atleast he did sometin against bcci n now he has done the right thing to end the crisis n work alongside bcci for the sake of indian cricket

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    how many were really vocal in support of Kapil when he rebelled with BCCI ???? people bashing Kapil's decision are HYPOCRITES

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Next move is Kapil would lead the IPL

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Best news in Years. I am glad it all ended on a good note. At the end cricket is the winner. Both BCCI and Kapil had to do this one day and I am glad this has happened sooner than I thought.

  • akasavani on July 25, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Everyone, no matter who...has a price.

  • cricisme on July 25, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I guess the saying goes like- if you can't beat them, join them. I do not like BCCI and their values and disagree with his decision but i understand why he did it - I don't mean money...It is very difficult to fight authorities such as BCCI and his whole life would be spent just defending without adding any value to the cricket. Kapil welcome back to the cricket India. If i had the money and power i would restart ICL just to be pain in the BCCI's ???

  • prashnottz on July 25, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Good stuff... Look at the bigger pic.. a person like Kapil can be of invaluable help to the millions of youngsters

  • Sakthiivel on July 25, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Well done BCCI. Way these guys work show how the administration should be. Nice

  • NP_NY on July 25, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I, like most Indian fans respect Kapil's contributions to Indian cricket and the man himself than anyone who has ever been part of the BCCI or IPL governance. While this is widely seen as a win for the BCCI, I'd rather like to see this as a win for Indian cricket and its fans because now Kapil can continue contributing in a way that only he can.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 25, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Don't blame Kapil if any of us can't do. Don't blame Kapil when any of others cricketers can't stand up against BCCI and he alone did. Don't blame Kapil if he has come back for money, because no one of us has helped him when fighting for 5years. Don't blame him for loosing the dignity , because never there was any dignity in cricketing world to support him, nor we could support. All can talk. No one can work. He had guts to fight against BCCI for some years and came only not for money. He is Lieutenant colonel of Army remember; he can get money while sitting. And he is not sort of guy who goes for money like that. He felt he lacked support and he felt this world will not support him. Even Gandhi would have not done anything if he had no support. I know even he gets money from BCCI he always thinks of betterment of Indian cricket; so he will do service for Indian cricket, which is with out blood like plague hit patient. It needs guys like you. Welcome sir. Thank you for coming back :)

  • Sachit1979 on July 25, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    I don't know what has he been doing with ICL till now. The league did not happen for last 4-5 years.

  • rajpan on July 25, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    ICL was an out and out commercial venture. Kapil saw an opportunity to make money from it and did, till it lasted. As a governing body for the game in India, BCCI successfully resisted it. Kapil was just a benefitiary. It's like a company closes down and the employees move on to another company for earning their livelihood. Nothing immoral about it !! Some people are unnecessarily trying to make a big deal out of it.

  • on July 25, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    What a shame. I wasn't expecting such a U-trun from great allrounder like Kapil. In the end money wins.

  • spinkingKK on July 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Kapil must have understood that in this world, there is no place for justice. If Kapil looked for justice which was never coming in his way, I would have been 1.5 crores poorer. I would have gained nothing, except for some irrelevant people's (including me) respect. So, well done Kapil. You can always brag about the rough deal later on anyway.

  • SMAM-Jameel on July 25, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    I didn't guess that Kapil will do like this. His disagreement and not in favor of the BCCI's views and some bad decision for the game is fairly sensible. It is very shame for the game, as well as It is for only making the money.

  • 777aditya on July 25, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    this was as bad as the Gayle feud with WICB, only with a bigger player and a national heartthrob involved - GLAD FOR KAPIL, you deserve so much more! someone please make him the bowling coach immediately!

  • on July 25, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    winning the world cup? dream on boys.do we have enough time to pose to those million dollar commercials?

  • johnal on July 25, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    fantastic news . kapil is a hero and as such should be treated as one i am from the west indies but here kapil is idolise as is gavaskar from that era

  • on July 25, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Rahul Dravid as Batting Coach; Sachin as Batting Coach and Player (Dual Role till he plays and then as coach - BCCI can have two batting consultants after all they need use so much of money atleast somewhere)

    Kumble as Spin Bowling Coach ; Srinath/Prasad Fast bowling coach ; Robin Singh as fielding coach

    Kapil Dev as Head of coaching staff as well as genuine mentor for All-rounders.

    If we can have a team with specialist batsman/bowlers why not a team of specialist coaches. Definately for BCCI affording them on trip/tour will not be a problem..

  • rohanbala on July 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Probably, the lure of money has prompted Kapil Dev to take such a decision.. But what about ICL? Is it fair to desert ICL (though defunct) for the sake of money?

  • Canuckistani on July 25, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Kapil Dev is a super hero. His integrity, conviction is impeccable. Indian Cricket is richer because of people like Kapil Dev. BCCI should be ashamed the way the denigrated his character, blocked his pension. This gem of a character should get BCCI's full backing and play an elder statesman role for cricketers. He's head and shoulders above anything BCCI has to offer.

  • shivasuresh on July 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Good to see him back under the roof of BCCI.....India really need his service to regain the No.1 spot in tests and to improve the win % in outside India as well......!!!

  • sansing7 on July 25, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Great news, now we can see great Indian player not only in TV Cricket show but also in cricket matches , taking part in different activities like commentry along with Gavaskar and decision making.

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I didn't believe that Kapil will do like this. His opposition against BCCI is quite reasonable got some support from true cricket lovers. If he make some U turn like this means it is very hard to believe

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    If Kapil Dev is coming back into Indian cricket admin.,I should say that both BCCI and India are fortunate to have him. He is one of the greatest cricketers India have ever produced. Had it not been Kapil, India would have not even dreamt of International standing in cricket. He has been the cause for bringing Indian cricket - the status, the fever, and the passion for the game talked so widely by every Indian. He deserves a big salute from our cricketing nation..India..

  • Iqaan on July 25, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    good news for Indian cricket .... :)

  • ganirules on July 25, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    So Kapil can be next coach of Indian team with dravid as batting consultant and Anil as Bowling Consultant and We can win the world cup again in Asutralia???

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @msankar He have not come for the money, we must be 500 Crore man, so one and a half crore doesn't matter to him Also he is still good brand and making 100% sure making more thne 1.5 Crore a year in endorsements. The fact is the ICL is over and closed. So it the sensible move for him to resign from there.

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    What happen to all ICL players??? When Kapil is getting the benefit of inculding in BCCI??? Player's like Dinesh Mongia & many more who supported Kapil in ICL??

    BCCI Should help'em out...

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    It's a Good News for Indian Cricket Fans.He is a Legend for India.My interest is to see Kapil in a good post in bcci or commentator

  • ifrakurshid on July 25, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    WELCOME NEWS, TRUSTED HERO OF INDIAN CRICKET BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD SHOULD DO GOOD FOR INDIAN CRICKET.

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Nobody can blame him... So happy to see that he had learned the art " swim with the tide" :)

  • satish619chandar on July 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    To be fair, it is the best possible solution.. Kapil if he can serve the team, should come out of ICL.. ICL is no more existing and it wouldn't count as a ethical issue.. He did stand by his commitments all these days.. What is wrong if he can decide on his own? I don't care whether he did it for money.. But standing with a non existing ICL and to miss the service to the board which gave him a platform to execute his talents should be a welcome move..

  • emailmkarthik on July 25, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    That's a lot of money to leave in the lurch. Kapil had to make peace sometime or the other.

  • Surinder_Singh_Bamrah on July 25, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    when last month BCCI ignored Mr. Kapil Dev for being in-eligible for one-time benefit scheme, it must have hurt as many cricket fans in India given that the treatment he got. An Indian cricket fan knows what Mr. Dev has contributed to Indian cricket. Now its the time to cheer up as things started getting sorted out...Kapil Dev is a living Legend of Indian cricket and heroes must not be forgotten....

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    It is a good news for Indian Cricket. Kapil is the greatest all rounder the country has ever produced. He has so much potential and talent that his contribution to Indian Cricket will be a boost and particulars to youngsters in future.

  • msankar on July 25, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Its very sad moment and bad examples.... Nowadays money is playing a lot....

    1. BCCI should not force him to resign to get one-time-benefit amount. 2. Kapil should not come down to get this money. Finally money won the battle.

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    ICL was the cause of IPL...

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    That's the saddest part of Cricket in my country. A legend too, cant have his own opinion!!! and for financial gains has to bow down.... By not accepting Kapil Dev in the first place, just proves what BCCI really stands for.. He deserves every penny the BCCI are giving to its members.. his contribution is MUCH MUCH more than the CHIEF of BCCI...

  • Haleos on July 25, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Not sure why the U-turn. Maybe for the money but he deserves that. It is rightfully his. ICL or not.

  • Seether1 on July 25, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Looks like Kapil is thinking with his wallet. Thought he had decided to take a stand and refused to bow down to BCCI demands. I guess the BCCI rupee is stronger than his principles.

  • Naresh28 on July 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Gosh at last. BCCI Kapil is important to India and I hope he plays a role together with Kumble, Dravid and Ganguly.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    funny people.....funny world

  • QingdaoXI on July 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Welcome back to Indian cricket.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Thats a great move. He will be handy in developing cricket in all parts of India.

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  • on July 25, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Thats a great move. He will be handy in developing cricket in all parts of India.

  • QingdaoXI on July 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Welcome back to Indian cricket.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    funny people.....funny world

  • Naresh28 on July 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Gosh at last. BCCI Kapil is important to India and I hope he plays a role together with Kumble, Dravid and Ganguly.

  • Seether1 on July 25, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Looks like Kapil is thinking with his wallet. Thought he had decided to take a stand and refused to bow down to BCCI demands. I guess the BCCI rupee is stronger than his principles.

  • Haleos on July 25, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Not sure why the U-turn. Maybe for the money but he deserves that. It is rightfully his. ICL or not.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    That's the saddest part of Cricket in my country. A legend too, cant have his own opinion!!! and for financial gains has to bow down.... By not accepting Kapil Dev in the first place, just proves what BCCI really stands for.. He deserves every penny the BCCI are giving to its members.. his contribution is MUCH MUCH more than the CHIEF of BCCI...

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    ICL was the cause of IPL...

  • msankar on July 25, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Its very sad moment and bad examples.... Nowadays money is playing a lot....

    1. BCCI should not force him to resign to get one-time-benefit amount. 2. Kapil should not come down to get this money. Finally money won the battle.

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    It is a good news for Indian Cricket. Kapil is the greatest all rounder the country has ever produced. He has so much potential and talent that his contribution to Indian Cricket will be a boost and particulars to youngsters in future.