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BCCI's raw deal made me join ICL: Prasanna

Legendary off-spinner EAS Prasanna lambasts BCCI and says he joined ICL as he was assured a big role in developing slow bowlers.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2007 18:30 IST
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Lambasting the BCCI for 'under-utilising' his expertise in grooming spinners, legendary offie EAS Prasanna on Sunday said that he joined the Indian Cricket League as he was assured a big role in developing slow bowlers.

"Kapil Dev (ICL chairman) told me that the league wanted me to help in fulfilling one of its prime objectives - developing good spinners. I found that my objective tallied with theirs. So, I liked the idea and joined the league," Prasanna told PTI over the phone.

Prasanna, who formed a lethal spin quartet in the 1960s and 1970s along with BS Bedi, BS Chandrasekhar and S Venkatraghavan for India, has been inducted into the ICL executive board.

Prasanna, who is attached to the National Cricket Academy as a bowling consultant, rued that his role in the Bangalore-based academy was mere 'token'.

"My services at the NCA were under-utilised. For instance, this year, I did not get to spend any day with the NCA cadets in Bangalore."

"My duties with the NCA this season were limited to a total of 10 days - five days in Kolkata and five in Nagpur," said the 67 year old former Test cricketer.

First Published: Aug 26, 2007 17:51 IST