As the controversy over Kapil Dev’s omission from the list of IPL beneficiaries rages on, the BCCI on Thursday said it has nothing against the all-rounder and he was ignored for the cash award because of a “technical issue”.
Following Kapil Dev’s views on the issue in the Hindustan Times on May 29, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said Kapil Dev was not eligible for the monetary benefit. “As far as Kapil Dev is concerned, BCCI is not against him. But there is a technical issue. He has not accepted the amnesty proposal (by the BCCI). Technically, he is out of this benefit ambit,” Shukla said.
Asked whether BCCI will consider his name if he seeks amnesty, Shukla said, “It’s a hypothetical question. If he gives it, the BCCI working committee will definitely consider it.”
Kapil, on his part, had left it on the BCCI saying that they are the “boss” and it's their call to provide him the one-time monetary benefit or not.
On why some other cricketers like Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Gundappa Vishwnath and Syed Kirmani were not considered for the benefit, Shukla said, “Those who have been already allotted benefit matches, they cannot be part of this scheme. They cannot be given the same advantage again.”
Shukla was unhappy with the negative publicity being given to this scheme. "No sports organisation in the world has done it before. We are also giving pensions to our players. People are not looking at the positive aspect and are only seeing the negative aspect. They are after the BCCI".