Former Indian Cricket Board president IS Bindra on Friday launched a blistering attack on Kapil Dev, imputing that Kapil has aligned himself with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) only for the sake of money.
Bindra said that if Kapil was really so enthusiastic about developing cricket, then as chairman of the National Cricket Academy, he had the perfect opportunity to do so. "Poaching players from an existing system and claiming to be a missionary is duplicity, to put it mildly," Bindra said in a statement released to the media.
"One does not grudge anyone making millions but there is no need to rationalise by camouflaging the real motive," he added.
"He has been roped in by Zee, which has lost the media rights bid fair and square in a process which was totally transparent," Bindra said, taking the fight to Kapil's employers, the Essel Group. "The difference between the eventual rights holder and Zee was of over a hundred million dollars. It is unfortunate the company has not taken it in the right spirit."
Bindra also accused Kapil of behaving in a self-serving manner by first accepting assignments with the BCCI and then jumping ship when opportunity to make money was presented to him.
"It is funny to find Kapil saying players are scared to talk against the Board as they are looking for some crumbs like a coach's post or manager's assignment…." Bindra said. "Does it mean he has kept quiet for over a decade only to enjoy positions like the coach of the Indian team, chairman of the Grounds and Pitches Committee, consultant for fast bowlers and the NCA chairmanship?"
Under attack, Kapil won't sit back and take it quietly. Currently in China to push cricket there, he's likely to open another front in the battle on his return.