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BCCI much bigger then Indian government: Kapil Dev Special

By Armstrong Vaz     Feb 6, 2010 in Sports
Cash-rich Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) which conducts the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL), event, is ‘much bigger then government’,
and thus could conveniently ignore the Pakistan players in the player’s auction for the third edition of the IPL tournament, said India’s only World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev. Dev was here in Qatar to play the Pro-Am Golf tournament, which concluded here on Wednesday.
“IPL is much bigger then government that is why they (BCCI) could ignore the government, and move the second edition of the tournament to South Africa. They (BCCI) have ignored the Pakistan players. The government has not ignored them. Nowhere (Indian) government has been involved in not taking the Pakistan players. It’s IPL, a private body which is behaving that way (keeping out Pakistan players), because they have funds.”
Last week auction in Mumbai for the IPL ended without any of the 11 Pakistani cricketers snapped up for the teams, while the second edition of IPL was moved to South Africa as Indian government turned down IPL’s request for security, as its dates clashed with the regional and federal elections.
Kapil Dev, who won the 1983 World Cup for India in England, dazzled both as a batsman and as bowler from the period from 1978 to 1994, said the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL), with whom, he was associated failed for funds crunch.
“There was nothing wrong with the ICI. ICL failed on account (lack) of funds. You cannot fight the government. That (IPL)) is handled by the government. It is much bigger than the government,” said Kapil Dev who was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002. The ICL was conceived and launched in India with the backing of the Subhash Chandra media baron and Chairman of Essel Group. It did not receive official recognition from International cricket Council (ICC) and face a lot of other related player and official issues. Players participating in league were banned by the cricket boards of their respective countries as ICL was regarded as an unsanctioned rebel league, leading to its slow death.
On the other hand, the IPL, a brain child of Lalit Modi, a Vice President of BCCI received the nod from ICC, while top leaders of the BCCI, like former President Sharad Pawar has had been part of the federal Indian government as a minister.
On resumption of India-Pakistan sporting ties, the Kapil Dev who was nick named Haryana Hurricane said there are ‘no tensions’ between the two neighbours.
He sees no problems in India and Pakistan resuming sporting ties. “Sportsmen have a job to do. As sportsmen, I will like to play anybody and everybody. If the country says, go and play, then, you have to stand by the country’s policy decision. That is important. You cannot go against the country’s policy decisions, a country where you have been born and brought up,” said the former cricketer who retired in 1994.
Kapil Dev feels that it is too early to analyse India’s chances of winning the World Cup to be held in the subcontinent early next year. “The World Cup is (too) far away (to think about). What they (the Indian team) are doing now is important. You cannot plan something almost a year ahead and start forgetting the days ahead.
For sportsmen, what is important is today’s performance. If the boys play well, they can win. It is for the authorities to plan for the future and to make things work,” Kapil said yesterday. The legendry cricketer, who has taken golf as a favourite past time after retiring, said coaching is not a job, but a passion for him.
However, Kapil said he has no plans of getting into the hot seat of any Test playing nation besides India.
“If I take up a coaching job, I will do it for my country. Otherwise no, I do not like it that way. Everyone is different. The moment I look it as a job, I will look at it differently. At the moment, God has been kind and I am not looking at making it a profession to teach cricket,” said Kapil, who served for 10 months as coach of Indian team from October 1999 and August 2000.
Kapil, who played in an era when not much emphasis was laid on specialised coaching, yesterday favoured the introduction of the bowling, batting and fielding coaches.
“If the facilities are available, why not use them? The need of the hour is to improve and you need (positive) results. Every generation has a part to play, you cannot compare the education that our parents got to the education our children are getting in the computer-driven era.” On the lack of World Cup success for India after the famous 1983 win at Lord’s, Kapil quickly pointed out that England are yet to win the title either.
“If you look at results (of all teams), then England, which introduced the game to the world, are yet to win the World Cup.” Kapil, who joined the Indian Territorial Army on September 2008 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel by General Deepak Kapoor, Chief of the Army Staff, is delighted to be part of the Territorial Army. “It’s a beautiful feeling to be part of the Indian Territorial Army, a great experience,” he said with a smile on his face. When asked whether facing former West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall was difficult or the Territorial Army drills, Kapil said:
“Drills have been part of my life, so that wasn’t difficult; the excitement was much more than any exercise or drill. I think my passion took me there. I enjoyed it. I never felt it was difficult part but an enjoyable part. (I) never thought I will wear two uniforms, cricket dress and army uniform. So it’s a great and beautiful experience,” said the 51-year-old.
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