HT Image
HT Image

'Restrictions on IPL coverage unfair'

Former captain Kapil Dev hints that the press must not cover BCCI's multi-million dollar venture if the Indian Premier League does not lift the curbs.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Panchkula (haryana)
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2008 06:27 PM IST

In light of the restrictions imposed on media organisations by the Indian Premier League, former captain Kapil Dev has hinted that the press should not to cover BCCI's multi-million dollar venture if the IPL does not lift the curbs.

"If they (IPL) don't want, don't cover it," Kapil told reporters in Panchkula on Friday night on the sidelines of the first final of the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament between Lahore Badshahs and Hyderabad Heroes.

Kapil's comments came when mediapersons asked him about accreditation norms put forward by IPL authorities, though he went on to add that it was "unfair" for him to give a "judgement for somebody else".

"As a cricketer, I wish them luck," said Kapil, the chairman of the ICL's Executive Board.

He hit out at the BCCI for allegedly bending rules when it "suits them".

Kapil said many players in the Indian Test side, flouting the Board's own rules, were busy attending various launches in connection with the IPL, which starts its first Twenty20 championship later this month.

Another senior ICL functionary, Kiran More said the Indians looked jaded in the Ahmedabad Test.

"How many turned up for the net practice session tells the story. The players were already too tired by attending the launches," More claimed.

Story Saved