India news December 18, 2013

Kapil to get BCCI lifetime achievement award

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kapil Dev, the former India captain, will receive the BCCI's CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013, marking a full return to the official fold after several years out in the cold. He will become the 21st recipient of the award, which was first conferred on Lala Amarnath in 1994.

Kapil's India career spanned 16 years between 1978 and 1994, and included 131 Tests and 225 ODIs. While his high point was leading India to their first World Cup win in 1983, he notched up several other records. He was the first cricketer to complete the double of 5000 runs and 400 wickets in Tests, and his final Test-wicket tally of 434 remained a world record for years.

Following his retirement, Kapil coached the Indian team in 1999-00 and was chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore in 2006-07.

Kapil, however, was involved in a long and bitter battle with the BCCI that began in 2007 with the birth of the now defunct ICL in the aftermath of India's disastrous show in the World Cup in West Indies. The ICL, which preempted BCCI's IPL, was soon declared unofficial and unlawful, and the players associated with it barred from taking part in any cricket locally and, eventually, globally. Kapil, the head of the ICL, was sacked from his position as the NCA chairman and there followed a series of events, court cases and failed negotiations that led to the ICL's closure.

Kapil spent the next five years on the margins of the game as a television talking head and newspaper columnist. However, he held centre stage 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. In June 2009, it announced an amnesty for 79 players, 11 former players and 11 officials. Kapil Dev was left out of that list.

In May 2012, the BCCI announced a one-time benefit payment for former national and domestic cricketers but added that Kapil was not eligible because of his association with the ICL. "Not all cricketers are answerable to the board," Kapil had said after his name was excluded from the list.

However, once Kapil cut off his ties with the ICL in July 2012, he was welcomed back into the BCCI fold and became eligible for the Rs 1.5 crore (approx. $242,000) benefit. "The BCCI is like a parent and we are like its children," Kapil had said then. "I have contributed to the welfare of cricket and cricketers during my earlier association [with the BCCI] and aim to do so even now."

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  • Kausthub on December 19, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    It was Kapil's win of the world cup in 1983 that shifted Cricket's center of gravity to the subcontinent.... Truly a legend and we must never forget to thank him for the extraordinary contribution he has offered to Indian cricket.

  • Anoop on December 19, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    So richly deserved. An all time great and the all time favorite cricketer for me. Without a shadow of doubt, the greatest cricketer India has ever produced.

  • Venkat on December 19, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Till Kapil came on to the scene , Indian cricket team earned no respects from the experts and Other teams played India whenever their calender was not marked . Kapil changed the whole scenario with his arrival and with his brand of fearless and selfless cricket . The cricket world was rudely awakened only after India won the world cup in 83 beating the greatest West indian team . Kapli's contribution to Indian cricket is matchless and he fully deserves the award . Kapil has contributed to Indian cricket much more than any other player including Sachin .

  • Munir on December 19, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    The True champion fighter in Indian cricket history, one of the best fast bowling all-rounder in cricket history. It's irony that cricket board's around the world not accept the initiatives like Kapil Dev started ICL, instead BCCI copy his idea and made there own IPL. Kapil Dev, you deserves to receive this award, congratulation Sir. (your fan from Pakistan)

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    without doubt the greatest cricketer india has ever produced "kapil da jawab nahin" respect..........

  • Vikram on December 18, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I hope they announce Manoj Prabhakar as the person to give away this award. That would be the height of irony. Or maybe Azharudin, who followed in this great man's footsteps.

  • siddharth on December 18, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    well deserved for a legend who changed the face of indian cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Kapil is great. He fully deserves the award. We'll come back Kapil to BCCI fold.


  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Truly deserving. Without any doubt India's greatest ever cricketer. Taking over 600 international wickets, that too without any appreciable support from the other end and bowling fast on Indian wickets ( at least 50%) and also scoring over 5000 odd test runs, plus being undoubtedly the best all round fielder India has ever produced- without any iota of doubt the greatest cricketer India has ever produced.