Kapil wants Kale issue to be closed forever

Published: Saturday, June 5, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev reserved comment on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to ban Abhijit Kale for seven month but said the issue should not be dragged any further.

"I don't know much about the whole episode so I can't comment on it," Kapil who was in the city in connection with a quiz contest programme said.

The former Indian skipper however, wanted the issue to be closed and not dragged any longer.

"Let us not drag it on unnecessarily. We should focus on the positive and not indulge in negative development too much," Kapil said.

He also asked the media to exercise restraint in this regard. "Let us put forward good instances and characters before our youngsters. I only want the players to be taught how to give their best to the country".

Asked about the forthcoming training camp on pacers beginning in Bangalore on June 7, Kapil said he would watch the young speedsters thoroughly before giving tips for further improvement in their performance.

"I have been given a job by the BCCI to fine tune the skill of these boys and will try my best to do so," he said. But he refused comment on the utility of such camp.

Kapil, the highest Test wicket taker among Indians, also declined to be drawn into the controversy over the bowling action of Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan saying "its upto the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to deal with the issue".

He also reserved comment on proposals to introduce two- tier system in Test cricket. "I haven't gone through the proposal, so I really can't comment on that".

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