Kapil set to be back in fold

Former skipper in amnesty talk with BCCI,gives board a copy of his resignation letter to ICL

Written by G.S. Vivek | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 3:47:08 am

India’s 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev,who was the chairman of the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL),is set to receive amnesty from the BCCI. It is learnt that Kapil met BCCI president N Srinivasan on Monday morning and handed over a copy of the resignation letter that he had submitted to the ICL in 2010.

On Monday,among other decisions,the BCCI’s working committee granted amnesty to another former ICL administrator,former India wicketkeeper Kiran More. Though there was no official word on the developments regarding Kapil,a BCCI official,who attended the meeting,said: “Kapil has given us a copy of his resignation letter from the post of ICL chairman. Now it’s up to the BCCI president to work things out and draft a suitable application that will project the board’s stand on the issue but will also ensure that it doesn’t hurt Kapil’s dignity as one of India’s greatest icons.”

He went on to add: “Kapil is a party in a legal case that ICL has filed against the board. But that too is likely to be withdrawn. We have been inviting Kapil to our board functions,” he added. Kapil couldn’t be contacted for his views.

If the amnesty deal comes through,Kapil will be entitled for the one-time financial package that the BCCI has granted to former players. Based on his international match count,Kapil is to get Rs 1.5 crore. If amnesty is granted to the World Cup winning skipper,it will also make him eligible for an administrative post and the BCCI will also start paying him his pension along with arrears.

On Monday,the BCCI also decided to release the one-time financial package to three cricketers — Maninder Singh,Surinder Khanna and Gursharan Singh but decided to withhold Kirti Azad’s sum. Azad had openly accused the BCCI and its top officials of corruption in the IPL.

Meanwhile,with the BCCI resuming cricket ties with Pakistan,the field is clear for Pakistanis to return to the IPL next season. With a player auction scheduled for next year,several Pakistani players will be hoping to be in the fray.

Srinivasan to meet coach

Srinivasan will be meeting Team India coach Duncan Fletcher for an informal chat before the team leaves for Sri Lanka. According to sources,the topics of discussion are likely to range from the upcoming home series against New Zealand,England and Pakistan to India’s debacle in Australia and England last season.

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