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Sunday, August 02, 2009

Kapil Dev: Cricket is Run by People Who do not Want to Promote the Game

(This entry was originally posted on Friday, February 27th, 2009)

You already know that ICC’s recent meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa did not bring out anything fruitful on Indian Cricket League (ICL) issue. Officials from ICC, ICL and BCCI attended the meeting, but nothing happened in the issue of ICL’s recognition. Now, ICL chairman, Kapil Dev, India’s world cup winning captain, has recently said that Cricket is being run by people who do not want to promote the game. Regarding ICL’s objective, Kapil Dev said that promoting the game was the main objective behind ICL and he thinks that people should feel proud of ICL as it is promoting the game in India. Kapil Dev was addressing the media while addressing the media at a mascot launching program of International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Games.

Well, I think, ICL Chairman has some good points. I am not claiming that ICL do not have any business mentality, but what I want to say is that the so called revel cricket tournament is definitely promoting the game in India and in fact, ICL first introduced the model of a Twenty20 club tournament by which cricket players can earn a good amount of money. ICL invoked realistic dream among the young people to take up cricket as career and the tournament emerged as a financial security for the local cricketers.

Another thing is that BCCI may ban an ICL player from Indian team, but they have no right to ban a cricket from domestic cricket, because every people of an independent country has the right to carry on his profession and BCCI has no right to create pressure on any people in choosing his profession. Moreover, I do not know who has given the authority to BCCI to make another cricket board ban their ICL players from both international and domestic cricket. I think, BCCI is just demoting the game and ICC is just watching the game as I am watching the second Twenty20 between New Zealand and India.

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