Bangalore, Jul 25: After quitting the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and joining hands with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kapil Dev praised BCCI President N Srinivasan and said he was happy to be back with the Indian board.
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On Wednesday, BCCI welcomed back the former India captain, granting him amnesty. Kapil was one of the many Indian cricketers who had signed up for the now defunct ICL Twenty20 tournament, started by Zee group.
Kapil met Srinivasan at the BCCI office in Mumbai and later expressed his happiness over the decision by the Board.
"I was always here so there's no question of coming back," he said first.
"Yes, there can be misunderstandings at times, but as part of Indian cricket, this is my parent body and I've always had respect for the organisation more than the individuals (that form it). I love my cricket board and I'm so happy to be back here. I'm proud to be part of one of the biggest sporting organisations in the world," Kapil told later in a chat with BCCI's official website bcci.tv.
Talking about Srinivasan, Kapil said: "He's a wonderful administrator and has shown his worth. If a man of his calibre calls you and asks you to come back (it is a matter of pride). I was so delighted to hear from him."
"He's a man with endless passion for Indian cricket and that's what I admire the most about him. There are people who are only interested in name and fame, but few work sincerely for 25 to 30 years for the betterment of the game. When such people come up, you feel proud," Kapil, who captained India to their first ever World Cup in 1983, added.
On what the Board should expect from former players Kapil said it was upto them to decide.
"I think it's up to the administrators to decide what kind of input they want from the former players and what role they want them to play. Once my role is defined, I'll put my head to it and open my mouth only after looking into its details thoroughly. At the moment, I haven't thought about it."
"Indian cricket has come a long way. One thing I'd like the players to inculcate is the virtue of discipline. As a professional, once you're 100 percent disciplined, it brings you everything," Kapil told BCCI website.
In the coming days, one will have to wait and watch what role will Kapil get from the Board.