If the BCCI was to honour one player in Indian cricket, it would certainly be Kapil Dev. The 1983 World Cup winning captain still stands as a symbol of success of Indian cricket.
The all-rounder, who was as brilliant at taking wickets as diving in the field and scoring the all-important runs, was mysteriously left out of a list of ex-players who the BCCI decided to felicitate with cash rewards for their contribution to cricket.
Kapil himself was not too worried about the whole thing, saying that BCCI is the boss and as far as he was concerned, he is a person content with what he has.
With Kapil slated to receive a Rs 1.5 crore payout, people were wondering what the real reason to ignore him was, before it turned out that there was a technical issue which stopped the BCCI from including him in their list.
Firstpost spoke to cricket expert Ayaz Memon and he said, “The issue is now hinging on technicality. All those who joined ICL (Indian Cricket League) had to seek amnesty in writing. This basically means you write down that you seek amnesty, we are no longer with the ICL and that you the BCCI take them back into the fold.”
“I’m sure the money is lying somewhere for him and will be given out the minute this hurdle is crossed. It is only a matter of both of them waiting for the request to be made and has become a slightly ego-driven issue.”
He added that these are small things which should be sorted out in a gentlemanly manner. But Kapil should also be sure that he wants to come back to the BCCI and has nothing to do with the ICL anymore.
“Lets say somebody leaves a company due to a tiff and wants to come back, then the person needs to resolve the tiff to come back. He can’t say I deserve to come back because he was a wonderful performer,” said Ayaz.
See the video above to listen to the full interview which also speaks about whether Viswanathan Anand deserves the Bharat Ratna.