BCCI lifts ban on Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev ended his long stand-off with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (ICL) on Wednesday.
The World Cup-winning skipper, who was sacked as National Cricket Academy chief after taking over as the head of the rebel Indian Cricket League, which is now defunct, met BCCI president, N Srinivasan, at its Mumbai office and submitted a letter on Wednesday to bury the differences.
The BCCI, in a statement, said Kapil wrote to it that he has resigned from Essel Sports Private Limited, the ICL promoters, and that he has pledged renewed support to the board.
The BCCI, in turn, acknowledged Kapil's contribution to Indian cricket and looked forward to “a fruitful association with him in the years to come”.
Although many former players and domestic cricketers were given amnesty by the BCCI after submitting letters regretting their act of joining hands with the ICL, Kapil had been steadfast in his stand that he did nothing wrong as he didn't have any contract with the board.
Facing criticism for its treatment of the former national skipper, Srinivasan broke the ice in a brief meeting with Kapil when the BCCI brass assembled in Delhi on July 16 for the Working Committee meeting.
After Wednesday, meeting, Kapil praised the board.
“Yes, there can be misunderstandings at times, but as part of Indian cricket, this is my parent body and I've always had respect for the organisation more than the individuals. 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.”
Now that Kapil is back in BCCI's good books, he should get the withheld money from the IPL profits and also the withheld pension as well as the arrears for the last five years.