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Kapil Dev: I won't desert ICL

Published: Friday, July 17, 2009, 11:21 [IST]
 
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Kapil Dev: I won't desert ICL

New Delhi: Former Indian captain Kapil Dev has made it clear that he won't desert Indian Cricket League despite an amnesty offered by BCCI.

Kapil, the legendary all-rounder and India's only world cup winning captain is the chairman of ICL which is struggling to survive after being deserted by players and officials.

In the last month itself a number of players and support staff had resigned from the ICL to accept an offer from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

But Kapil Dev said that the would stick on to the doomed league.

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"Check, on paper at least, the ICL still exists," Kapil said to an English paper.

"I'm not worried by the fact that so many have gone back to the BCCI's side. It's up to the players and if somebody wants to play for the country, then who are we to stop him?

"But, yes, they had been intimidated."

The players who joined ICL were banned from offical around the world at the behest of the powerful BCCI, which organises the IPL.

"I know the list of those who have gone back to the BCCI includes some close friends, but I don't hold any grudges," Kapil said.

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Kapil Dev's links with ICC prompted the BCCI to keep him away from the unveiling of the 2011 World Cup logo in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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