Gundappa Vishwanath backs BCCI's decision to sack Kapil Dev

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Formr India captain G R Vishwanath today justified the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to sack Kapil Dev as Chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) following his joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Talkling to newspersons here, he said, "BCCI had given enough time for Kapil, who had been selected to lead the ICL and the Board's decision was not wrong." "Moreover, the Board has taken action on each and every player, past or present, who joined ICL."

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"Since the ICL had already announced its intention to hold Twenty20 tournament in October, we have to wait and see where it would be played and which is the ground. And more than all, how many spectators would be there to watch the match." Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Secretary Brijesh Patel also supported BCCI's decision to remove Kapil from NCA chairmanship.

Prasanna stripped of KSCA role: Former India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna, who has joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) executive committee, has been stripped of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Spin Coach's post, KSCA Secretary Brijesh Patel announced today.

Talking to newsperons here, Patel, who returned after participating the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Executive Meeting in Mumbai yesterday, said as per directions from the Board to all the Associations, Prasanna had been removed from the post.

Prasanna would also cease to get pension from the KSCA, Patel added

Patel slams ICL's attitude: Patel said the newly formed Indian Cricket League (ICL) should not have indulged in confrontational attitude with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"ICL, instead of adopting confrontational attitude, should have sat with BCCI and discussed and offered to conduct tournament for promoting the game. ICL adopted a wrong approach," Patel said, while speaking at a press conference here.

Regarding the reports on his statement that formation of ICL might not pose a threat to BCCI, Patel said that the players selected by ICL so far were either on the verge of retirement or aged, and how long they could perform in the field needed to be watched.


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