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Kapil Dev back in BCCI fold after sorting out differences

Last updated on: July 25, 2012 15:09 IST

Kapil Dev back in BCCI fold after sorting out differences

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Former India captain Kapil Dev and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have buried the hatchet following differences over the cricketer joining the rebel Indian Cricket League. The BCCI welcomed him back with immediate effect by disbursing his one-time benefit payment of Rs 1.5 crore.

The BCCI issued a statement moments after the 1983 World Cup-winning captain met president N Srinivasan at the board's headquarters on Wednesday.

"The BCCI has received a letter from Mr Kapil Dev, former India captain. Mr Kapil Dev has informed the Board that he has resigned from the Essel Sports Private Limited / ICL.

"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," Srinivasan said.

Image: Kapil Dev
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'BCCI is like a parent and we are like its children'

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"The BCCI will now release the one-time benefit of Rs 1.5 crore for Kapil (for playing more than 100 Tests) and he will again be eligible for monthly gratis of Rs 35,000 from the board.

His gratis arrears for the last five years will also be cleared with immediate effect," a senior BCCI official said.

Kapil, who tried to avoid the waiting media persons, was happy to be back in the official fold.

"BCCI is like a parent and we are like its children. Even during my earlier association I have contributed for welfare of cricket and cricketers, and even now I aim to do so," Kapil said.

Image: Kapil Dev
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Kapil handed Srinivasan his resignation from ICL

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The legendary all-rounder, who joined the now defunct ICL back in 2007, was banned by the BCCI for being a part of the unsanctioned league.

While other cricketers and officials who were a part of the league went back to the official fold much earlier, Kapil had said he would never seek amnesty from the parent body.

But, recently, during the BCCI working committee meeting in New Delhi, Kapil dropped in to meet Srinivasan and handed him a copy of his resignation letter from the ICL. It was then matter of time before the parent body welcomed him back in its fold.

Even after that working committee meeting, a senior official had said that the format of Kapil's letter would have to such that "it doesn't hurt the dignity of a player of his stature and at the same time restores BCCI's position as the guardian of the game in the country".


Image: Kapil Dev
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