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Kapil vows to continue with ICL

Kapil says there is nothing wrong in occupying the post of NCA chairman and being a part of the ICL at the same time.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2007 06:59 PM IST

A day after BCCI threatened to take "appropriate steps" against him for aligning with the rebel Indian Cricket League, former captain Kapil Dev remained defiant and said he would not give up his job with the ICL.

Kapil said there was nothing wrong in occupying the post of National Cricket Academy (NCA) chairman and being a part of the ICL at the same time.

"I am working for the betterment of my game. For me, cricket everywhere is same. If somebody asks for my services, how can I stop him," the legendary cricketer said after donating his blood at a function in Chandigarh.

Hitting out at the BCCI, Kapil said he had not done anything "unethical" by aligning with the ICL.

"However, if I am stopped from teaching cricket, they (BCCI) would be doing an unethical thing," he said.

"I have got a job (with the ICL) and the debate is whether I should do this job. If a private company has called me, why are you (the board) stopping. Tomorrow, if ICL says that I need to teach four cricket players of the Indian team, will I say no," he said.

When asked about BCCI's threat of scaking him as NCA Chairman, Kapil shot back, "If they want to remove me they are free to do so".

"I will do my job (with ICL). I have no intentions to fight (with the board) because my conscience is clear and I don't need to seek permission from anyone".

Kapil said he loved the game and wanted to give something back by nurturing young talent in both the NCA and the ICL.

"I love my country and my game. I played the game with a lot of passion and now when I work (to improve cricket), I work with passion," he said.

Asked about his vision for the NCA, he said, "if BCCI wants me to continue the work, then I will push them to have more such academies".

Kapil said the board had enough funds at it disaposal to set up world-class academies in India instead of sending youngsters to countries like Australia for training.

"Why do our players have to go to Australia. When you have funds, you create facilities here and let players from around the world come to India to learn," he said.

Asked if a foreign coach at the NCA would help, Kapil said, "I am not against it. I have maintained all along that I am in favour of anything which is for the betterment of my country and its cricket."

Kapil felt the sector-16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh, which has been awarded a one-day match after 14 years, should get more matches in future.

"Matches should be played here more often, both of BCCI and the ICL tournaments. Chandigarh has been my city and I believe whatever I have achieved was because of the facilities which were available here during my playing days. So when you hear the city gets a match after 14 years, I feel ashamed," he said.

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