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Sunday, Sep 22, 2019

Kapil threatens to go on hunger strike

After being sacked as NCA chairman, Kapil says he will go on strike if BCCI continues to inflict injustice on the younger cricketers.

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2007 13:12 IST


In an emotional outburst after being sacked as National Cricket Academy chairman, Kapil Dev on Tuesday said he would go on "hunger strike" if BCCI continues to inflict injustice on the younger cricketers.

Kapil, who has joined the rebel Indian Cricket League as Executive Board Chairman, said he would do everything to prevent youngsters who have signed up with ICL from being penalised by the BCCI.

"If youngsters are ignored by BCCI, I will go on hunger strike," the legendary all-rounder told a private TV channel.

Kapil said he did not resign from the NCA post as he was not averse to serve cricket at any level.

"(I was thinking) should I resign or they sack me and I said I am not going to say no to cricket. Why should I say no to cricket? I am not doing ethically wrong," he said.

"Are they (BCCI) only for them (BCCI) or are they for India? If they are for the country, they cannot stop me. But if they are for themselves, they can stop me."

Kapil said he was disappointed that BCCI's ruthless approach in sacking him unilaterally.

"I felt a little disappointed, they did not have the courage to come out, sit and talk to you. And I think if you cannot sit down across the table and talk, then this is ruthless," he said.

"They did not bother to talk to me before announcing this. I think they felt it's below their dignity to talk to me. They have been doing this for the last 70 years and I'm afraid, they would continue like this," Kapil said.

First Published: Aug 22, 2007 12:51 IST