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Saba Karim criticises Kapil's sacking

Former Indian stumper terms Kapil Dev's unceremonious removal from the NCA as 'a sad chapter in cricket history'.

cricket Updated: Aug 26, 2007 21:40 IST

Former Indian stumper Saba Karim has criticised Kapil Dev's "unceremonious removal" from the post of National Cricket Academy (NCA) chairman, saying "it is a sad chapter in cricket history".

"The way BCCI treated Kapil Dev, who once brought pride to the country, must be denounced. A legend like him who led India to World Cup victory should not have been treated in such a nasty way," he told reporters in Patna on Saturday evening.

Karim, who was in Patna to attend the inauguration of the 11th Dhyanchand Throwball Championship, said BCCI officials should try to have 'broader conversations' with Indian Cricket League (ICL) instead of treating it as a rival.

Asked if he was interested in joining ICL, Karim said he was not averse to it. "But, at present I have no intention." ICL, he said, had a bright future and advised cricketers from Bihar to try and join it as the fate of the game in the state is uncertain due to court cases filed by different associations.

"It is better to try and grab the opportunity (presented by ICL) as quick as possible," he said, adding waiting for BCCI would be a waste of time considering the matter of the state's affiliation to it.

First Published: Aug 26, 2007 19:16 IST