ICC are Interested Only in Money: Kapil Dev

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Khaleej Times: Talk about the Indian Cricket League (ICL), and one can see the disappointment on former India skipper Kapil Dev’s face, especially after failed talks with both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“I don’t think they have an intention of cricket. It shows that they are interested in only making money.”

The World Cup winning captain said that ICL’s sole motive was to promote the game. “We are just promoting the game and if somebody is promoting the game, there’s nothing wrong in it. If there is more cricket being played, more youngsters get chance, not only in India even in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries. Then why should someone stop if we are promoting the game.” The most disappointing thing Kapil feels is that nobody has still given him a proper reason for the entire drama. “The disappointing part is that nobody till today has given me the reason why they don’t want us. What wrong is ICL doing? That’s what I want to know. I think ICC’s job is to promote the game and is not ICL promoting the game. The people who are handling the game are not doing the right job. If you can have Indian Premier League (IPL), why not ICL? Why not XYZ in Australia or in America. We have to make the game popular and it should go wider. I’m not saying that ICC is not trying to promote but when other people come in supporting the game, you should give them a gold medal rather than not trying to allow them. I think they are only worried about money and about monopoly, which is sad.”

Kapil Dev felt that this will only deprive the youngsters from playing top level cricket. “I just feel sorry for them. At BCCI, nobody answered me when I raised this question. Aren’t the boys who are playing for ICL, Indians?.”


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