Kapil says he has no idea how NCA runs

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Professionalism has never been BCCI's strong point and former captain Kapil Dev said even though he is going to take over as the new chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), he does not have any clue about the job.

''I don't know about it. The only thing I know is that they have announced it and I don't have any idea how NCA runs,'' Kapil, here as brand ambassador of Hutch Delhi Half Marathon, told reporters here today.

''I don't know what are BCCI's targets and expectations from the academy or what are the NCA guidelines. I only hope to go through the files and get some idea after my first meeting,'' he explained.

Asked how he felt after being named as Sunil Gavaskar's successor, Kapil said, ''I'm happy. I come from the field and I think a former player certainly has a role to play.''

With a player of his calibre and experience, Kapil could have served in the selection panel as well and when said that, the former allrounder quipped, ''Make me the Board President then, for I have more experience.'' On Sourav Ganguly, Kapil said he never felt that the Indians never learnt to respect their heroes.

''The fans always go extreme. Both the bouquet and the brickbats come rather prematurely and if you take one, you have to accept the other also.

''Personally, I'm happy about Sourav. He has scored more than 10,000 ODI runs, which few players have achieved and made the country proud. But everyone has to quit the scene some day. On him, the selectors had come out with the verdict last year. But if he thinks he can continue, there is no harm in trying,'' Kapil added.

The former captain also urged all 27,000 runners of Sunday's marathon to complete the race.

''Whoever completes the race is a winner and they would go home with this immense satisfaction. Running is the mother of all sports and if you are an aspiring player who is an athlete, that is 80 per cent job done. I used to bowl 30 overs a day and that was quite like a marathon.

''My coach used to make me run from Chandigarh Sector 16 to the Lake and return and I would be dog tired at the end of the day,'' recalled Kapil, one of the most athletic players in his days.


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